Helping Your Child With Brushing

Helping Your Child With Brushing
Posted on 07/20/2017

One of the common things that parents ask us about is how to help their children with brushing. As your providers of kids dentistry in East Lansing and DeWitt, we at the practice of Dr. Jacob Myers are more than glad to help! For a young child, dental care shouldn’t be something that only happens when you stop by your East Lansing and DeWitt children’s dentist – it’s something that’s vital on a daily basis. That’s why we’d like to give you some advice on helping your child with brushing.

How You Should Help Your Child

As your provider of kids dentistry in East Lansing and DeWitt, we’d like to give you some tips on how to help your child with the brushing process:

  • Make sure your child is brushing twice a day – once after breakfast and once before bedtime.

  • It’s also important for your child to spend two minutes brushing, which is about the amount of time needed to properly brush all of the teeth. If you need to, play or sing a song that will signify the right amount of time.

  • Pick out a proper toothbrush – one with a smaller head so that it can get into the hard-to-reach areas.

  • Also, get a new toothbrush after every three or so months. Toothbrushes lose their effectiveness over time, meaning that it’s important to get a new one.

  • Monitor your child to make sure that he or she is properly brushing all of his or her teeth.

When You Can Stop Helping Your Child Brush

Thankfully, you won’t need to monitor your child’s brushing forever; eventually, your child will become completely self-sufficient when it comes to brushing. However, you may have a hard time figuring out when this time actually may be. Here are a few pointers as to when you can let your child take care of this important task on his or her own:

  • Your child is around six to nine years old. This is typically the age when a child can be expected to brush on his or her own.

  • Your child can write in cursive. Using a toothbrush properly requires a mastery of motor skills. Being able to write cursive is a sure sign of that being accomplished.

  • They do their chores. When you feel comfortable with your child completing household chores on his or her own, that’s a good sign that a child can be trusted with brushing.

  • Your child has good hygiene too. By showing proper care with hygiene beyond dental care, like taking showers or baths, you can place more trust in your child to show the same dedication toward dental care hygiene.

Contact Your East Lansing and DeWitt Children’s Dentist Today!

If you’re looking for kid’s dentistry in East Lansing or DeWitt, we encourage you to give us a call at (517) 337-0032 to schedule an appointment with us. Alternatively, you can fill out our appointment request form to schedule a visit via our website. We’re looking forward to hearing from you and helping your child attain an even more optimal level of oral hygiene!