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Brushing Tips for Children
September 28, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Richard Facko
Oral Health for Kids
When it comes to oral health, everyone is different, including kids! It's important for parents to help guide children into great oral health habits. Here's some tips on how to brush correctly for children:
Finding a brush: Always choose a brush with soft bristles and a small head, which is normal for children's brushes. You can of course also choose brushes that your child will enjoy, as this can help to encourage them through the oral health learning process!
Holding the toothbrush: Many children struggle to hold a toothbrush at first. You can make this easier by using a rubber band to hold the brush in your child's hand, or you can attach the brush to something larger to make it easier to hold, like a tennis ball.
Choosing a toothpaste: Cavities are extremely common in young children, so you want to use a toothpaste fluoride, which helps prevent tooth decay. The amount of toothpaste used will depend on your child's age; for children under 3 years old, use a small smear of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. For children 3-6 years old, you can increase the amount to about a pea-sized smear. Always be sure to put the right amount of toothpaste onto the brush yourself to avoid any overuse by your child.
Engage: Use games, and keep your child engaged in the process of brushing. This helps encourage a fun attitude about brushing, and will make it easier to instill great oral health habits with your child!
Children's Dentistry in Palos Heights
Taking the time to help your child brush correctly can make a big difference! It's vital to create great oral health habits at a young age, so that they will carry through into adulthood, and to help prevent serious dental issues from forming. At-home care is so important to your child's health, and so is visiting the dentist for regular cleanings, starting at a young age! If you have any questions, or if you'd like to schedule an appointment at Palos Pediatric Dentistry, don't hesitate to contact our office today for more information! We can't wait to help you and your child get a happy, healthy smile!
I'm really trying to learn this new routine at home. I was up with the kids this morning, made our daily pour-over, and got the kids through their first meal of the day. Before we were shut down, I roasted a few pounds of coffee so I didn't have to worry about roasting coffee in the middle of the work week. It seems like we always run out at inopportune times. But since I haven't been able to work, I've actually been looking forward to roasting another batch, so of course it feels like it's taking forever to use up what we have. I'll roast ...
How does one count COVID-19 Shutdown days? Is it the number of days that my dental practice would have been open if it weren't for the outbreak? Is it total days, including weekends? Or what about the number of days since the government-mandated "shelter-in-place" order? I'm going with Day 6. Six workdays missed since the outbreak hit the Chicagoland area.
Over the weekend, Governor Pritzker announced something he called a "shelter-in-place" order. Add that to the modern vernacular: coronavirus, COVID-19, social distancing, self-isolation, shelter-in-place. Who would have guessed that each of these words or phrases went from unheard of to commonplace in ONE WEEK?!
Day 3 came and went, but it was really more about settling into new routines than anything else. Honestly, it was a rough day. Some (read: one) of my kids have a difficult time transitioning to new routines, whether it is school starting or school ending. Yesterday was just one of those days. In the end, we all agreed to get along, and we came up with a daily schedule/routine, subject to change. It seems to have helped today. But too small of a sample size to say if it is going to work long-term. Here's a shapshot: