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As adults, we all know the importance of brushing and flossing to our dental health. Convincing our kids to brush and floss on a regular basis can be like pulling teeth! February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, so now is a great time to talk about some steps you might be able to take to encourage a lifetime of healthy habits.

  • It’s never too early to start! Wiping down your baby’s gums before their teeth pop through is important. It gets your baby used to the motion and helps prevent damage to their baby teeth. Just a soft washcloth and some water will do it.
  • When teeth begin to show: Start brushing twice a day. One of those times should be right before bedtime. You can use a washcloth, a child-sized brush with soft bristles, or a finger brush. Use just a damp brush or, for under age 3, a smear of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. After kids learn how to spit, you can gradually increase the toothpaste.
  • Have our kids angle their head down so the water dribbles out of their mouths into the sink. Once they are a little older, have a small cup of water available to rinse.
  • Make it fun. Two minutes, twice a day of a fun song to brush to makes the time go by faster.
  • Develop a routine and stick to it. Brushing at the same time, every day and night helps build routine.
  • Reward good behavior. Do your kids like stickers? Make a calendar and let them add a sticker for every time they brush.
  • Schedule dental appointments. Start early. Get your kids used to the dentist.
  • Go shopping for a toothbrush together. Let your kids pick out their own.
  • Be a role model. Brush your teeth while your kids brush theirs.

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