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How Often Should My Child Brush Their Teeth?

A young boy brushing his teeth

Cleaning your child’s teeth can be a huge hassle. For some reason, kids seem to be pros at avoiding everything good for them, from vegetables to brushing their teeth. Therefore, it is your responsibility as a parent to ensure that they follow a regular brushing routine.

How Often Should Kids Brush Their Teeth?

When it comes to brushing, the general rule for children is the same as for adults. Twice a day – first thing in the morning and then right before going to bed. It is also important to remember that the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that everyone brush their teeth at least two to three minutes every time.

Toothpaste does not work like soaps or shampoos; just scrubbing your teeth once throughout the mouth doesn’t do the job. Instead, toothpaste works like a conditioner. Therefore, it is important to take your time with it and really massage the paste on the teeth and gums for it to really work.

However, we do understand that it can be quite difficult to get your kids to brush their teeth twice a day for that long. That is why it is important to make brushing fun for kids. There are many ways you can encourage your kids to brush their teeth.

From making a game out of brushing to giving them star-stickers every time they brush. You can even make it a fun time by showing them educational kids’ programs – preferably about oral hygiene – on a cell phone or tablet to make the best use of this time.

Either way, it is important to start encouraging your kids to practice good oral health early on so that the habit lasts for the rest of their lives. It can also prevent various dental issues, such as child tooth pain, cavities, and plaque.

For more information regarding, please get in touch with Dr. Ben Kwok and visit Little Smiles of Delaware.

Posted on Nov 22, 2021
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