Teeth brushing instructions for small children

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Teeth brushing instructions for small children
Dental hygiene education starts early. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Proper dental hygiene leads to healthy teeth and a confident smile. Small children do not understand the importance of regular teeth brushing, and it takes time to teach a child how to correctly brush her teeth. Through repetition and visual instruction, parents can instruct small children to brush their teeth correctly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Step stool
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Sink
  • Mirror

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  1. 1

    Help your child step onto a small stool. Being able to see herself in the mirror will help a child make sure she brushes all her teeth. Using a step stool to reach the sink like a big kid will also motivate small children to brush their teeth daily.

  2. 2

    Squeeze or pump a generous amount of toothpaste onto a toothbrush. Choose a brand of toothpaste made specifically for children in a flavour the child will enjoy. Use a small, child-size toothbrush that will fit easily into your child's mouth.

  3. 3

    Tell your child to brush the front of his teeth using a side-to-side motion. Sing a song about brushing teeth and have your child continue brushing until the song is over. Have your child brush the back of hisr teeth using an up-and-down motion. Repeat the song to make sure your child brushes his teeth for an adequate period of time.

  4. 4

    Brush your child's teeth again after he is finished to make sure the teeth are clean. Parents should brush a child's teeth until the child is 6 years old or can clean his teeth without help. Explain what you are doing to the child, and give extra attention to the child's tongue and gum line.

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