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Establishing good oral hygiene habits at a young age is essential for your child’s dental health. One of the most important skills to teach is proper brushing technique. By teaching your children how to brush their teeth correctly, you set them on a path to a lifetime of healthy smiles. In this blog post, we will share valuable tips and tricks to make tooth brushing a fun and effective routine for your little ones.


Start Early and Lead by Example

Introduce tooth brushing as soon as your child’s first tooth erupts. Make it a positive and interactive experience by letting them observe you brushing your own teeth. Children often imitate their parents, so showing them the correct technique will lay a strong foundation.


Make It Fun with a Special Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Choose a child-friendly toothbrush with soft bristles and vibrant colors. Consider letting your child pick their toothbrush and toothpaste to make the experience more exciting. Fluoride toothpaste is recommended once your child is old enough to spit it out.


Teach Proper Brushing Technique

Show your child the correct brushing technique: holding the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums, using gentle circular motions to clean all tooth surfaces, including front, back, and chewing surfaces. Encourage them to brush for a full two minutes, using a timer or a fun tooth brushing app.


Make it a Family Affair

Make tooth brushing a family activity by brushing together. This not only reinforces good habits but also provides an opportunity for bonding and modeling the importance of oral health.


Use Visual Aids and Songs

Children respond well to visual aids and catchy songs. Consider using tooth brushing charts or videos that demonstrate proper technique. Singing a tooth brushing song can also make the activity more enjoyable and help your child brush for the recommended duration.


Turn Tooth Brushing into a Game

Turn tooth brushing into a game to make it more engaging. Challenge your child to brush all their teeth before the timer runs out or create a brushing “treasure hunt” by asking them to find and clean all the “hidden” teeth.


Reward and Praise

Positive reinforcement goes a long way! Offering praise and small rewards (like stickers, a special bedtime story, or a fun outing to the park) for consistent and effective tooth brushing can be effective.


Supervise and Assist as Needed

Until your child develops the coordination and dexterity to brush independently, supervise their brushing routine and assist with hard-to-reach areas. Gradually allow them more autonomy as they demonstrate proficiency.


Schedule a “Happy Visit” with Dr. Phil

Our team is trained and prepared to offer a wide variety of pediatric dentistry services for children – and we love helping kids and providing a fun experience. We often suggest that children visit their dentist around the age of 4-5 years for an evaluation. We want to encourage a positive experience and a “happy visit” is a time when a child can come into the office, sit in a chair, look around, and get used to seeing a dentist. During these appointments, we generally “count their teeth”, which is a simple evaluation of the level of cavity risk, an assessment of their oral hygiene and home care, and an initial evaluation of the orientation of their erupting teeth. Our main priority, however, is to provide a safe and positive experience for a child’s first time at the dentist’s office.  



Teaching your children proper tooth brushing techniques is an investment in their oral health. By starting early, making it fun, and using various strategies, you can instill good habits that will last a lifetime. Remember, your guidance and encouragement are crucial in helping your child develop a healthy smile and maintain excellent dental hygiene. If you and your family are ready to start your journey toward healthier smiles, visit us at Modern Mint Dental Care by calling 720-853-0350, emailing [email protected], or book online.