Do You Know The Proper Brushing Basics?
We talk every week about this basic skill -- brushing teeth. We all know to help them out, to sing a little song to keep them brushing for the proper amount of time, to make sure they brush twice a day (at least).
But how about the real basics? That list of tooth brushing facts, the nitty-gritty details? Do you know them well enough to teach them to your kids? I sure don't. Let's review!
-- Kids should be using a toothbrush with soft bristles.
-- Remember a pea-size bit of toothpaste is all you need. Yeah, those ads with the long strip of paste, curled up at the end just so, well, that just looks good. A small, little round amount is perfect.
-- We should hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and use small strokes, back and forth, not in circles.
-- For the front teeth and inside of the teeth, use up and down strokes.
-- Focus on covering two or three teeth at time.
-- Don't forget to floss. I know I am bad at this myself, but those little flossers make it so easy to help Kiddo get into the flossing habit.
Like every other basic skill, the more fun you make it the better. Have your child select a cool character toothbrush if that helps, or one in her favorite color. Pick a flavor of toothpaste they like. Bring in a stuffed animal and give Catty her own little toothbrush. Also, try putting them in charge of it. Have them repeat to you what each step is, make a funny poem to remember to brush and floss.
Which of these brushing facts were you surprised about (or forgot)? Me: I didn't know about the covering to two or three teeth at a time.