How does my child learn to brush teeth properly and happily?


How does my child learn to brush teeth properly and happily?

Why is dental care so important for children?

Marie-Therese Brenner: Milk teeth have thinner enamel than permanent teeth, the mineral content is also lower and they are therefore more susceptible to acid. It is important to keep the milk teeth healthy for as long as possible, as they are very important for the chewing function as well as the jaw and language development – and ultimately also placeholders for the permanent teeth.

How does my child learn to brush teeth properly and, above all, to enjoy it?

The most important thing is to set an example by regularly brushing your teeth and going to the dentist. Teach the children lovingly that brushing their teeth is part of their normal daily routine. In infancy you have to be creative at times, for example by singing toothbrush songs or by allowing the child to brush the teddy bear’s or the parents’ teeth first. Let the teeth make animal noises or think up exciting and funny stories in which you look for and clean away the dangerous tooth decay pirates. Change the scene: clean on the couch or at a different time – it’s important to keep at it!

Rinse, clean, spit – when and in what order?

Spitting and rinsing can be taught to children from around the age of two, for example in the bathtub. A good sequence is: rinse out leftover food, brush your teeth and then spit out the toothpaste. Rinsing afterwards is not so important, because the small amount of toothpaste that is left can remain on the teeth. In general, the fluoride content in the children’s toothpastes is selected in such a way that swallowing it is not harmful if the dosage is appropriate for the age. Tip: There are also special tooth brushing training courses at the children’s dentist.

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At what age can children brush with an electric toothbrush?

I recommend electric toothbrushes for small children from around two years of age for the parents to clean afterwards – but with a children’s handpiece. I only recommend cleaning with an electric toothbrush from preschool age. Brushing your teeth should generally be done under supervision – no walking around with a toothbrush in your mouth! The children are welcome to alternate between using a manual toothbrush and an electric toothbrush – this trains motor skills. With electric toothbrushes, there are often apps that are used for motivation and cleaning training; Alternatively, there are also attachments for manual toothbrushes.

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