Brush time

  • A big part of making sure they’ll have healthy teeth when they’re older is to get them into a regular brushing routine: in the morning and evening for two minutes every day once they have a full set of teeth. If they have fewer teeth, they should brush for a shorter amount of time.  

  • There are many ways to make brushing fun for your child. For example, a great way to keep your child interested is to brush together. Or get hold of a tooth brushing timer and challenge them to keep brushing for as long as the timer keeps going. They’ll love the challenge and maybe there could be the reward of an extra story once they’re doing it regularly.

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  • For younger children, you can sit them on your lap when you brush their teeth. It’s so much easier and it stops them wriggling! Once they get older, you can stand behind them. 

    Tilt their head up a little and get them to open wide - pretending to be a hippo or a lion works brilliantly! 

    Clean each tooth with a gentle circular motion. Make sure you clean all the surfaces of their teeth and clean right up to the gum line, brushing both the top and bottom teeth. 

  • To ensure your child is brushing properly, you can check your child’s teeth after brushing. To engage your child, you can make this into a fun game; for example making your child smile like a monkey. 

  • At a young age, you should brush their teeth and then teach them to brush for themselves. When kids aged 0-6 years are brushing their teeth for themselves, you should always supervise them to encourage proper brushing and to minimise swallowing.