She will have the perfect smile with the correct tooth brushing tools.

Checklist for a Child for Brushing Teeth

by Wannikki Taylor

Mornings in your household can be quite hectic while helping to prepare your child for school. You've probably already developed a morning routine to help her get dressed faster. One of the necessary steps of her grooming routine will be to take care of her teeth. A checklist will remind her of what she needs to do for proper maintenance of her teeth.

1. Picking a Toothbrush

Avoid purchasing an adult-sized toothbrush as she will need a brush small enough to grasp in her hands. A toothbrush with soft bristles will be an ideal choice for her developing teeth and for removing plaque buildup. Toothbrushes for children make brushing fun. Some light up or play songs for the recommended two minutes of brushing time. Let her pick a toothbrush in her favorite color or with a favorite cartoon character that will appeal to her and will further encourage her to brush. Her toothbrush should be replaced when the bristles start to wear or approximately every three months.

2. Adding Brushing Essentials

Toothpaste and floss are accompanying essentials for a child to properly brush his teeth. Using toothpaste with a small amount of fluoride will prevent tooth decay. If your child is under 2, BabyCenter.com recommends giving him only a small smear of toothpaste on his toothbrush. Give a slightly larger amount of toothpaste to older children. Flavored and sparkly toothpaste will add a little fun to his brushing experience. Using floss will help your child get rid of food that is hidden and that he is unable to reach with a toothbrush.

3. Brushing Properly

Showing your child how to properly brush his teeth will lead her on the right road to healthy, clean teeth. Your child must be reminded to brush her teeth in the morning and at night, preferably after dinner. She must brush the outside and inside surfaces of her teeth as well as her tongue to prevent bad breath. Have her follow with flossing to get hard-to-reach teeth clean. To finish, she can use plain water or mouthwash to rinse. Mouthwash should not be used until she is older, usually around age 7, and comfortable with both swishing and spitting out.

4. Creating a Routine

A tooth brushing routine will be a fun approach to staying on track with daily brushing. Create a chart to hang in the bathroom each week. The chart should include the day of the week on one side and two columns on the other side labeled, "Morning" and "Night." After he is done brushing, let your child place a sticker in the proper place to make him feel proud of being consistent with brushing. You can also use a timer or come up with a tooth brushing song or download one online to help him brush for the recommended time of 2 minutes.

About the Author

Wannikki Taylor is a professional writer with a Bachelors of Arts in journalism from Temple University. She serves as a children's columnist and covers family entertainment for several print and online publications. She specializes in games, crafts and party planning ideas for kids and their families.

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