Tooth Brushing Tips

Girl brushing teeth

Tooth brushing is important because it prevents gum disease, tooth decay, and increases oral hygiene. But what most people don’t know is that tooth brushing also provides the oral stimulation and sensory input beneficial in the development of oral skills.

Below are tips for a child resistant to tooth brushing:

Selecting a toothbrush and toothpaste that is tolerable for you child:

  • Experiment with toothbrush sizes, firmness, handles, and colors
  • An electric toothbrush with vibration may be preferred.
  • A toothbrush that sings or lights up!
  • Toothpaste taste – altering the brand, amount, or start without.
  • If a toothbrush is not accepted at all, you may need to start by wiping the child’s teeth clean using a wet washcloth.

Preparation Before Tooth Brushing:

  • Providing deep touch, beginning with the child’s arms and legs, and progressing towards the face and mouth.
  • Tapping the child’s gums firmly- starting from the center to each side, and on the upper and lower gums.
  • Firmly rub the child’s cheekbones, nose, cheeks, chin, and lips with a soft washcloth. Do this in a predictable manner and in the same order each day.

(*”Not all are appropriate for every child, family, or home setting. Some tips are not suitable for children of all ages and/or developmental levels. Only use those strategies that apply to your situation.”)

(Tools to Grow (2015))

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