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How do you easily teach a child to brush his or her teeth?
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Dr. Thomas Riney
Pediatrics
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In brief: Parenting isn't easy
Make a game out of it, and tell her that big kids do it every day, include the child when you are brushing your teeth.

In brief: Parenting isn't easy
Make a game out of it, and tell her that big kids do it every day, include the child when you are brushing your teeth.
Dr. Thomas Riney
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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
at an early age (under 5) you may have to brush for them. Set a timer for 2 minutes (your dentist may provide you one - some toothbrushes have them built in) take your child to the dentist to reinforce the messages at home. Model brushing your teeth at the same time, sing a song about it (tops, bottoms, insides, outsides, back teeth, front teeth, etc etc). Set up a reward chart with stars or smiles for each brushing. There are also kids books about brushing, Dora, Elmo, etc - pick age appropriate and with a character your child loves. It may not be easy, but reinforce the good times with as much praise as you can and eventually your child will develop the independence and initiative necessary for good dental hygiene
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
In brief: Start early
Begin cleaning your children's teeth as soon as they begin to erupt.
Make it a game, fun, and remember they don't have the eye-hand coordination to brush/floss for many years, so you will have to supervise, help, and make it an enjoyable daily activity for both parent and child. See a pediatric dental specialist by age 1 for evaluation and guidance.

In brief: Start early
Begin cleaning your children's teeth as soon as they begin to erupt.
Make it a game, fun, and remember they don't have the eye-hand coordination to brush/floss for many years, so you will have to supervise, help, and make it an enjoyable daily activity for both parent and child. See a pediatric dental specialist by age 1 for evaluation and guidance.
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