Timing Your Kids While They Brush

It can be difficult to get your kids to do what is right when it comes to brushing their teeth. Building strong habits in them now is important for a life of healthy teeth. On top of having them brush after meals and flossing regularly, timing them could play a vital role in good habits. Here’s what you need to know.
 
How Long Should Kids Brush Their Teeth For?
 
Children seem to take their good old time doing just about everything! From getting the backpacks to cleaning up those rooms, it can take forever. When it comes to brushing their teeth, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Kids will rush through the oral care routine like they have somewhere important to be. 
 
According to most dentists, a child should spend two solid minutes brushing their teeth, but it isn’t just about the time. These two minutes need to be used properly for them to count. It is the time and the quality that count.
 
How to Time Your Kids
 
For each stage of childhood, you will find that different techniques will work better. 
 
Toddlers
 
You are most likely still actively a part of the teeth brushing routine, so it is much easier to monitor the time spent. Use one of their favorite songs and sing it out loud for two minutes while they brush. This will create a little fun with the everyday activity.
 
Older Children
 
Most ten-year-olds aren’t going to be thrilled with the thought of you singing to them. Instead, opt for a timer that they can place on the bathroom counter. Offer a reward when it is used properly and make it a fun adventure.
 
Teenagers
 
No doubt about it, teenagers want to be independent. The best way to help them is to invest in an electric toothbrush. There are many models that offer a timer right on it to ensure the proper time is spent brushing. 
 
Most importantly, you need to be a good example to your children. They are going to do what they see you doing. Brushing together can be a great way to help incorporate good dental habits into your children. The time spent will be something they can look forward to every day.
 
Please call our office today at (714) 669-9555, to schedule an appointment with Cornerstone Family Dentistry, your top pediatric dentist in Tustin, CA.
 
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