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Routine is Everything


Let's jump into the nitty gritty and talk about brushing teeth. Here are 3 recommendations when it comes to your child's oral hygiene.



Here are top 3 Tips


  • Tip 1 Establish a routine and brush at least every night with tiny bit of fluoridated toothpaste. My kids do well when we do things according to schedule. I would sing the alphabet and brush them as young as possible after their bath time. I use a simple battery operate toothbrush because it feels like the vibration really de-sensitizes them to the vibration you would feel at the dental office. Some kids cooperate and some don't. The one's that don't cooperate will eventually as they get older so be patient.

  • Tip 2 Brush with good vision. If you noticed, you are laying down when you are at the dental office because it's the easiest way to see and work. I have my kids brushing when they are laying on my lap or on their bed. When kids are sitting, you have to twist and contort your body to see everything.


  • Tip 3 Floss with floss sticks. Using the sticks really simplify the process of flossing. Our fingers and hands are big and their mouths are small so it is very difficult to wrestle with a string of floss.


Routines Become Habits


Creating and sticking to a routine will develop a habit. Once you have developed a daily habit, the task becomes effortless.



Additional Reading: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg


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