Health Tip: Teach Children About Dental Hygiene

Show them how to brush and floss properly

Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.

(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.


Last Updated: