Teaching Kids to Brush and Floss

Teaching Kids to Brush and Floss
Posted on 07/17/2019

At the office of  Dr. Jacob Myers,   we're proud to help children throughout the greater Lansing, MI area develop healthy, beautiful smiles through comprehensive pediatric dental treatment. In addition to bringing your child in for regular dental check-ups, you can help your child establish healthy routines by teaching them how to brush and floss their teeth at home. Once your child reaches the age of 6, it's time for them to start brushing and flossing teeth on their own. And as your East Lansing pediatric dentist, we're here to help you teach them.

Tips for Helping Kids Brush & Floss

You should help brush and floss your child's teeth for them until they're ready to take on the responsibility for themselves. This transition usually occurs between the ages of six and eight. Although your child should be familiar with the routine of oral hygiene at this age, you'll still need to teach them to properly brush and floss their teeth. Here are a few simple steps for helping children learn to brush their teeth on their own:

  • Start by having your child place a soft-bristled toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth
  • Using a short back-and-forth motion, your child should gently scrub the front surface of each tooth clean, then repeat the process for the tops and backs of the teeth
  • Your child should place the tip of the brush in an upright position to scrub the back of the front teeth
  • Finally, have your child finish by brushing the tongue to remove bacteria

And a few more steps to teach your child to floss on their own:

  • Wrap the floss around the index finger of each hand, then have your child hold a short length of floss taught with their thumbs
  • Gently guide the floss down into the crevice between two teeth
  • Softly wrap the floss around the side of one tooth, forming a "C" shape, and carefully scrub the side of the tooth up and down before repeating the process for the other tooth
  • Continue this process until all teeth are flossed

Contact Your East Lansing Pediatric Dentist

We hope these tips help you teach your child to brush and floss the right way, and as always, we're here if you have questions. Feel free to  contact us  for more tips on children's dental hygiene, or if you'd like to schedule an appointment for a check-up, you can do so using our  easy online form.  We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping your child develop a healthy, beautiful smile!