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Teaching your child how to brush is a necessary life lesson that pays off in the long run. It is an important skill that needs to be learned in early childhood.

How do I know when my child is ready to learn how to brush?
Generally, most children learn how to brush when they first learn to tie their shoes or when they start preschool. However, you as the parent will know best on when your child is ready to learn. All your child needs are the basic motor skills required to scrub their teeth with a toothbrush.

How do I teach my child how to brush?
Children successfully learn how to brush when you use observation and partnership. First, show your child how to brush by getting down to eye level with them and by demonstrating how to brush with your own smile. Show them how to scrub each tooth and feel free to have a little fun with it. The more fun your child thinks brushing is, the more they will want to learn. Then, give your child a child toothbrush with a pea-sized dab of toothpaste on it. Have them clean their smile on their own but be there brushing your teeth right alongside them. If they need help, please help them.

Once you teach your child how to brush, they will be able to take care of their smile each and every day of their lives. They will know how to nourish, strengthen, and clean their chompers on a regular basis and they will also have the ability to prevent tooth decay as much as possible. If you have any questions or if you need help teaching your child how to brush, please feel free to call Greg Wolfe Family Dentistry at 805-654-1174 and talk to Dr. Greg L. Wolfe or a member of our friendly dental team. We are happy to help you by giving you the tips and advice you need!