When you start teaching your child how to brush and floss on their own, the right lessons will certainly be important. You do not have to take on this responsibility entirely by yourself: At our Rochester, MN dentist’s office, we can both talk to you about how to help your little ones and provide them guidance during their regular pediatric dental checkups. One thing to remember is that the lessons are not all that will help them. You should also make sure they have the right tools for this job. Take care to choose the right toothbrush, as this will both help them enjoy oral hygiene efforts and also have an easier time learning them!
Issues Created By The Wrong Toothbrush
One reason parents should be patient about teaching their kids to brush and floss on their own is that kids will need time to develop the dexterity to take on these tasks effectively. We can take for granted how easy it is for us to comfortably brush and floss. Handling a toothbrush and reaching the hardest areas to reach can be more challenging with small hands. Because of this, it is important that kids use a brush that is easy to handle. Another concern is that the brush head might be too large to comfortably clean every area. If you have questions about what brush might be right, your dentist can address them and help you make the right selection!
A “Fun” Toothbrush Can Make Oral Hygiene More Appealing
When it comes to selecting the right brush, function is certainly important. However, it does not have to be your only consideration. A toothbrush that features a fun design or character they enjoy can make this task a little more fun, and something they are more eager to do when the time comes for oral hygiene.
Adults Need To Use The Right Kind Of Brush, Too!
Pay attention to your own needs when it comes to brushing and flossing! You may be creating more friction and wearing down your enamel more than necessary if you are using something harder than a soft bristle brush. Another factor to consider is how the bristles of a brush will wear down over time. After three months (or earlier if the bristles already appear worn), make sure to pick up a replacement. Just as you can talk to us about aspects of care like cosmetic dentistry and your long-term health, we are happy to discuss matters like at-home care to help you improve your efforts at preventing cavities and gum disease!
Talk To Your Rochester, MN Dentist About Your Child’s Smile Care Needs!
Through the right support at home and the right tools, you can see to it that your child remains safe from oral health threats! For more information on how we can help them, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.