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09Apr2014

How Do You Know When Your Child Is Ready To Brush Solo?

A LITTLE WHILE AGO, we published a blog post dispelling some popular dental myths, one of which surprised many parents.

Kids are NOT more prone to cavities… they’re just not as good at brushing.

Make Sure That Your Child’s Teeth Are Cleaned

Surprised? Well, perhaps not, if you’ve ever really watched your 5-year-old brush his or her teeth. But in the wake of that revelation, we want to spend a little time educating parents on how to guide your child’s tooth-brushing during the early years.

First of all, your child’s teeth should be brushed as soon as they emerge. By YOU. Once they’re able to grip a toothbrush, you can let them practice brushing, but remember that this is PRACTICE brushing. It’s probably not going to get the job done.

You can either guide their toothbrush, or go over it yourself after they finish.

Watch This With Your Little One… Just For Fun

How Do You Know When Your Child Is Ready To Go Solo?

Most kids are ready to be independent brushers at age 8, but it’s different for everyone.

He or she should be coordinated enough to:

  • tie shoelaces
  • write in cursive

And responsible enough to:

  • take care of chores
  • attend to other personal hygiene (like washing hands, brushing hair, etc.)

You may want to check your child’s brushing with some plaque-revealing tablets or mouth rinse.

We’re Here To Help Your Child Learn

Does your kid need some more training? Ask our team to do a little demonstration. And remember, there are tons of aides out there to make brushing more exciting and effective for your child.

Thanks for being a part of our practice family. We appreciate you!

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