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Oral hygiene is extremely important, especially for your little ones. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 40 percent of children will have tooth decay by the time they attend kindergarten. So, it’s extremely important to teach your child how to brush their teeth because doing so will pay off in the long run.

How do I know if my child is ready to learn?
Each child is different when it comes to developing motor skills, which is why this answer depends on you. If you feel like your child is able to tie their own shoes, they might be ready to begin brushing their teeth. Generally, children begin to develop the brushing skills by the time they head to preschool. If you aren’t sure if your child is ready, please feel free to call our office and ask our friendly dental team what we think.

How do I teach my child to brush?
Usually, children tend to learn by observing and by partnering. If you show your child how to brush by brushing your own teeth each day, they will want to be just like you. So, let your little one give it a try by putting a pea-sized dab of toothpaste onto their toothbrush. Brush alongside of them and make sure they are doing it correctly. If they need tips, you can show them by repeating the technique in your own mouth. As your child gets older and wiser, feel free to let them brush on their own.

If you have any questions or if you need additional help, please do not be afraid to call Natalie B. McCarthy, DDS, PA - Greenville for assistance. Dr. Natalie B. McCarthy and our dental team are here to help you in any way we can if you just dial 252.355.4070 now!