Teaching your child the importance of regularly brushing his or her teeth is, of course, an important part of your role as a parent.
Even though your child will eventually learn how to brush without supervision, for now it is probably better if you observe him or her. This can help ensure that your child develops the proper habits without causing any damage in the process.
Learning to Brush
Probably the biggest reason that you should not leave a child to brush alone is simply that brushing the teeth is something that is highly dependent on the correct technique to obtain the best outcome. An improper brushing technique can lead to all sorts of issues, both in childhood and later on in life. Further, as you probably know, it is more difficult to un-learn an improper habit than it is to learn a proper one. This means that during the years when your child is learning how to brush, you need to be there to be sure that he or she learns how to brush the correct way.
Tips for Guiding Your Child
At first, you will want to brush your child's teeth yourself. However, early on in life, your child should transition into doing this without assistance. When it comes time to take this step, you'll want to carefully show your child how to brush. Then, hand him or her the toothbrush and step back to observe.
For at least the first few months, you should be there when your child brushes so you can offer tips and adjustments. As your child matures, you can slowly reduce the frequency of your supervised brushing sessions, eventually progressing to occasional spot checks before turning the task over altogether.
Helping your child learn to brush properly is important and requires your presence. If you have any questions on this, please reach out to us.