Posted on Sep 20, 2022 17
Brushing teeth is an obligatory hygienic procedure that should be regularly performed not only by adults but also by babies. However, it turns out to be not so easy to teach and teach your child to brush their teeth. Many parents around the world struggle with their children because of their unwillingness to perform this procedure daily.
This begs the question: what should we do to make brushing teeth not turn into a daily struggle and suffering? How can we help children get into the habit of brushing their teeth healthily and how can we help them learn to do it properly? A list of helpful guidelines and rules will help.
Many parents think you should only teach your baby to brush their teeth when they have two rows of baby teeth. But this is a mistake! It is necessary to take care of oral hygiene with the appearance of the first tooth.
As soon as the baby’s first tooth has erupted, you can start “taking care” of it. Of course, at first the mom or dad will brush the only tooth instead of the baby. But there is an enormous advantage to this kind of procedure: the child will not be afraid of brushing or manipulating the oral cavity. You can do it without toothpaste. The main thing is to form an understanding in your baby that it is not painful and not scary, but necessary.
As soon as he learns to hold a brush, brushing duties can be fully entrusted to the child, at first helping him to position the bristles correctly and rinse his mouth.
Regularity - the fundamental rule of accustoming children to hygiene. As you know, the habit is developed within 21 days, and fixed, about 80-90 day. So the more often you involve your baby in brushing teeth (even without paste), the faster he will learn to do it without skipping - in the morning and in the evening (and sometimes after each meal, if necessary).
Without a personal example, in this case can not do. And really: How can you believe that it’s necessary to brush teeth if mom and dad don’t do it themselves? Yes, they may be tired, but without visualization, the child will never absorb the important hygiene rules. Going to brush your teeth? Take your child with you! Not only will you show him how to do it right from start to finish, but you’ll make sure he does it right.
It’s a good idea for moms and dads to make brushing their teeth a ritual of the utmost importance. After all, the baby always wants to look like an adult! Therefore, you can give him as a gift his own toothbrush, like a big one. However, choose this item of personal hygiene for the baby with care.
The handle of a child’s toothbrush should be short and rubberized: so the baby will grasp it comfortably, so it will not get in the way and will not slip out. The bristles of the device should be ultra-soft so that delicate baby’s gums are not traumatized. It’s best to buy brushes with synthetic bristles, as they dry better, leaving no chance for germs to spread.
Of course, forgetting your child used to brushing their teeth, it’s not just the convenience of the brush that’s important. What’s important is how it looks! It’s no wonder that in the stores at the stands, kids are always attracted to toothbrushes as dragons, superheroes, animals and cartoon characters. And this is great! Such a hygiene item once again causes a child’s desire to use it.
The modern market is full of a wide variety of toothpastes for children. This is great because parents buy toothpaste that will not be disgusting to the baby. Standard mint pastes often give kids a burning sensation, instantly making them disgusted with brushing their teeth. But pastes with pleasant flavors are another matter: strawberry, gum, peach, chocolate... A real treat! Just make sure that toothpaste is not a breakfast substitute ;)
Sometimes children get noticeably nervous, thinking that moms and dads make them brush their teeth too long. And because children have a poor spatio-temporal sense, two minutes seems like an eternity to them. So what can you do? It’s easy: buy an hourglass! Not the usual ones, but the ones that are pleasant to look at. Counting down the time during the procedure will turn into a pleasant pastime for the baby.
Sometimes getting your baby accustomed to hygienic brushing can also be done at the dentist. Children’s dentists are well equipped for this: they not only conduct a full examination of the child’s oral cavity, but also educate him in every way. For example, they show the rules of brushing teeth on special mannequins and jaws that look like the real thing! A child will be fascinated by this and will start reverently treat their teeth.
This method can be called one of the most effective, especially when nothing helps. Children are imitative creatures. And cute cartoon characters, proudly brushing their teeth, will have a stunning effect on the mind of a child. The child will repeat all the steps of the procedure exactly after the funny characters and will understand why it is necessary to brush teeth in the morning and evening.
Children’s results at first should always be noted. This is a great incentive for the baby! What can be done? For example, hang a large calendar on the wall, where each day stick a sticker or draw a star for brushing her teeth. As soon as a certain number of them are accumulated (in a month or two), the child can be rewarded. For example, a new cover for the brush or a small towel with a cute embroidered kitten.
By the way, children’s dentists say that children quickly give up on regular procedures because of boredom. But even with this, you can fight it by having a few options for the child’s hygiene devices. Tired of the pink princess brush? Here’s a green toothbrush with an owl on it. Tired of the banana-flavored clear toothpaste? Here’s a nice tri-color one!
It is the play format that allows parents to easily introduce their child to regular brushing. For this, it is necessary to include a little imagination. For example, it’s enough to challenge your child: Who will have whiter teeth after brushing? And who will finish brushing exactly at when the last grain of sand falls into the hourglass? And you can also role-play different situations: Encourage your child to fight tooth decay monsters with a special potion mixed with different pastes!
Another point that many parents forget. Brushing teeth should be accessible: if it’s trivial to a child to brush his teeth, he will not do so. So organize the “procedural” space with maximum comfort. Let all supplies (including cups and towels) always stand and lie in plain sight, and the baby will have access to water, a mirror and a special ladder for the sink.