Making Sure There is a Mirror Your Child Can See in Can Help Them Brush
Posted on 4/25/2020 by Kids First Pediatric Dentistry
Starting at birth, parents need to begin taking care of their child's oral health. This includes brushing their gums with a washcloth or a soft brush before they even have teeth! The next steps after that include learning how to floss on their own, learning how to brush and making sure that they're doing it twice daily and making sure that parents are modeling that good behavior.
Teaching Your Child To Brush
Just because your child can hold his or her own toothbrush and attempt to brush on their own doesn't mean that they aren't going to need a little help. But plopping your child down on the toilet or the side of the tub and sticking a tooth brush in their mouth is bound to be met with a little resistance. Let's look at a few ways that bringing a mirror down to your child's level can help them develop good oral hygiene habits.
Monkey See, Monkey Do
Children are great imitators, and they love to play. Bringing a mirror down to the same level as your child, whether it's mounted or hand held can help your child see exactly what's going on. Standing side by side brush together and when it's time to assist your child, stand behind them. This will allow them to see what you're doing and will help them feel more in control and at ease with the situation.
Remember to keep the entire experience positive. Make faces in the mirror, play a game of copycat with your child and take turns being the leader. Use the mirror as an extension of yourself to help your child learn to brush.
We look forward to seeing you on your child's next checkup, and hearing from you how you're incorporating fun into your daily dental hygiene.