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Top Tips For Reluctant Brushers

In news this week we saw that one in eight children aged just three suffers from tooth decay! It prompted us to look at ways to encourage your children to brush regularly and learn to do it independently!

The NHS recommends you start brushing children’s teeth twice a day, at around 6 months or as soon as just one milk tooth comes through. We recommend getting babies used to the feel of having a finger or tooth brush around their mouth as early as possible. From the age of three you should use a small amount of family toothpaste which should contain at least 1,000ppm (parts per million) of fluoride to help protect the new teeth.

Between the ages of three and six you can use a pea sized amount of toothpaste on a childs toothbrush, with toothpaste containing 1,350- 1,500ppm of fluoride. You should encourage your child to brush their teeth for two minutes and they will need to be supervised until they are seven or eight to ensure they don’t swallow the toothpaste and to monitor how they brush.

Tips for a reluctant brusher

  • Encouragement
    it may sound obvious but positive reinforcement can help encourage your child to want to brush regularly and properly, when they’re brushing properly praise them and try brushing your teeth at the same time, showing them everyone does it and it can be fun!
  • Warning
    Let them know with good notice that they’re going to be brushing their teeth so they know what to expect. Encourage them with who else will be brushing their teeth, everyone from mummy and daddy right to their favourite celebrity and even some animals!
  • Get a fun toothbrush
    Kids toothbrushes are general colourful and bright, and with the plethora of character brushes, have a look for your childs favourite character to encourage them to brush ”with” their favourite character. Make sure it’s a soft brush and replace the same as an adult brush; every three or four months, or earlier if it is worn.


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