IT TAKES A WHILE for children to become diligent tooth-brushers. In fact, most parents have a major chore every night getting their child’s teeth clean. A routine can make things easier.
Nightly Routines Should Always Include Both Brushing And Flossing
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently posted guidelines to help parents teach children good nightly oral hygiene habits. Their standard recommendation is “brush, book, bed.” With a predictable routine, your child feels prepared for each step. And, they look forward to reading the book(s) SO much that it makes getting them to brush easier.
AAP Suggestions For Good Dental Habits Development
- Make teeth brushing part of a routine.
- Watch them brush, and help them out if they’re not doing a thorough job.
- Start flossing as soon as their teeth touch each other. If you don’t floss, you miss up to 35% of the tooth’s surface area.
AAP Age-Specific Guidelines
- Newborns: When possible use a soft washcloth to wipe your baby’s gums after feedings. Never put your baby to bed with a bottle, unless it only contains water.
- Children Under 3: As soon as your baby has a tooth you can start gently brushing it. Use a tiny amount of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) and brush twice a day.
- Children Ages 3-6: Let your child brush her own teeth but be sure you help her when necessary.
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Do You Have A Nightly Routine?
What does the nightly routine look like in your house? Please share below! Developing oral health habits early is key to a lifetime of good dental health. If you have any questions about teaching your children to brush, please contact us!