Health Tip: Teach Children About Dental Hygiene

Show them how to brush and floss properly

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(HealthDay News) -- Since tooth brushing and flossing are lifelong necessities, teach children properly at a young age and make brushing and flossing a positive experience.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests you:

  • Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles designed for young children. Look for one with a thick handle to make it easier for your child to grip.
  • Explain how to brush teeth in a series of small steps, or place your hand over your child's hand and show the child how to brush.
  • Brush with a fluoride toothpaste in a flavor that the child likes.
  • Find a position that is comfortable for your child while brushing.
  • Keep your child entertained by singing a song, playing a counting game or using a fun timer while the child is flossing and brushing.

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