Teaching Good Brushing Habits

Good dental hygiene habits start early on, and instilling them in your children is an important step in creating a healthy, lifelong routine. Here are a couple of tips in developing a positive brushing routine:

1. Brush early! Get your child used to the process by massaging their gums before the first tooth even erupts.

2. Create a routine so your child knows what to expect. Brush every morning after breakfast or before leaving to run errands.

3. Let your child take initiative. Allow them to brush their own teeth after you have assisted.

4. Most importantly–model good hygiene behaviors. Let your child watch you brush your teeth, or brush teeth together at bedtime or in the morning.

Do you have any suggestions for teaching your kids positive dental hygiene habits?

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A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)