How Long Do Kids Need to Brush Their Teeth?
Kids in America don’t brush their teeth long enough or often enough. It’s a sad fact that only about 37% of children in America know how to brush their teeth properly. The rest of the children are either not brushing properly or not brushing at all!
Teaching your kids the correct way to brush does take time and effort but the rewards are well worth it. If you start teaching your children the proper way to brush as soon as they have teeth you’ll be laying the foundation for good dental health for their lifetime. Sometimes, though, our intentions can be good but life, with its ups and downs, can cause us to forget to follow through all the time. Let’s face it – sometimes you just don’t have the time to stand there to make sure your child is brushing properly. So what do you do? Well, if you’ll just take the time to make brushing fun early on, your kids might very well get into the habit without your needing to check on them all the time.
As with anything in life, learning new habits can be boring and trying for all of us. So why not make this fun instead of a hated chore? If you do this your kids might be more willing to brush on their own without having to be reminded. And by forming good dental habits while they’re young, they’re likely to stick with it their entire lives. Poor brushing or not brushing enough are the biggest reasons for dental disease.
How long and how often should you brush your teeth?
The minimum time you should brush your teeth is two minutes. Unfortunately about 45% of parents say their children only brush for a minute or less despite the fact that they, themselves, often assist the child with brushing! Another 36% of parents even admit that their children brush their teeth less than once a day! This is clearly not good enough. Add in the sugary drinks and food that typical kids consume daily and you’re looking at future cavities and gum disease.
How to get your kids to want to take care of their teeth?
Try making the tooth brushing ritual something to look forward to. Have your child pick out a favorite design or color for their toothbrush. Then let them choose which of the many anti-cavity toothpastes there are that appeals to them. Kids’ toothpastes come in all kinds of flavors & colors today which can make brushing fun. The whole idea is to teach your child good dental habits. By making it fun now you’ll be teaching them good habits that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
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