Child brushing teeth

With five children of his own, Orthodontist Dr Semaan from Clear Smiles Orthodontics understands it can sometimes be difficult to get children to brush their teeth.  Just like eating vegetables and taking baths, brushing teeth can be something that kids will do anything to avoid.  But being a specialist orthodontist he also recognises that a good oral health routine is important to help children avoid tooth decay and develop a lifelong habit of oral hygiene.

Here are some tips on helping kids keep their teeth healthy through regular brushing.

  1. Start Early
    Start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they get them. Make sure you use a soft bristled brush.
  2. Explain Why
    Sometimes kids just need a good reason or story to do it. Tell them that the sugar bugs are trying to make holes in their teeth so you have to brush them away.
  3. Bubbles Bubbles
    Have them make lots of bubbles which shows that are brushing properly.
  4. Timer
    Get them a sand timer or use the timer on your phone to make sure they brush for at least two minutes.
  5. Let them Pick
    When you are at the store, let them pick their own tooth brush and tooth paste. You don’t have to go for fancy but if a Dora the Explorer brush gets them doing it, it will be cheaper than the dentist bill.
  6. Encourage
    Let them know they are doing a good job and that their teeth are so shiny and their breath smells nice. They will come and show off each time they brush