It's important to teach your kid about the importance or maintaining good oral health, and it starts when they are young. Even before their first tooth comes in, you should be cleaning their gums before bed so that all of the sugars from milk are washed away. As they get older and more baby teeth come in, you'll want to ensure that you're doing the right things to set them on a path for success with caring for their teeth. Here are some tips to help you do it.

Establish A Routine

The best way to get your kid into the habit of brushing their teeth is to make it part of a routine. If you want to incorporate it into their bedtime routine, you may want to make it the last thing that they do before they put on their pajamas. If you are doing it in the morning, it may be the first thing that they do after they use the potty. By having your kid brush their teeth at specific times, it makes it easier for them to go along with the flow of things and actually do it. If you are changing up when they brush their teeth everyday, it's easier to accidentally skip it or have a child that puts up a fight.

Create A Brushing Calendar

If your child is lacking the motivation by creating a daily routine, see if a calendar can help motivate them to brush. Create a calendar for the month where they earn a star for brushing in the morning and evening. When the calendar is filled up at the end of the month, or whatever period works best for your child, they will earn a reward. The reward can range from a trip to the toy store to an extra story at bedtime. You know what will best motivate your child.

Model Good Brushing Behavior

Try brushing your teeth with your child to demonstrate what good brushing techniques are like. This can help motivate your child to brush for the whole two minutes and to focus on the same areas of their mouth as you are. Brush with them for a while to help establish what good brushing techniques are like, and you'll eventually reach a point where you no longer have to do it with them to use those same techniques.

By following these tips, you'll be setting your child up to be better at brushing their teeth. Contact a general dentistry clinic for more information.