Children's dental care - brushing teeth made easy!
When can your child start brushing their teeth on their own?
Your child becomes more independent every day and at some point he or she will want to brush their teeth themselves. As soon as the first motor skills are developed, you can introduce your child to dental care in a playful way. However, you should brush again until your child is about eight to nine years old. If you are not sure whether your child has the motor skills to brush his or her teeth on his or her own: Can he or she write cursive script? This is usually a good indicator of the level of motor skills. Older children can usually brush their teeth on their own. But like everywhere else, the same applies here: Every child develops at a different pace, so you should continue to pay attention to your child's oral hygiene and brush again if necessary.
So, in short: brushing your teeth requires a high degree of sensitivity - toddlers need your help. For the "big ones", a helping hand is enough.
What kind of toothbrush does your child need?
This graphic can help you.
How should children brush their teeth?
Practice early! Teach your child an effective and systematic brushing technique at an early age.
When brushing, start with gentle back and forth movements on the chewing surfaces of the upper and lower teeth.
Then it's the turn of the outer surfaces - the last molar is the starting point. Work your way forward over the teeth with light circular movements. This is how you brush the teeth in the upper and lower jaw.
Finally, brush the inside of the teeth. To do this, place the toothbrush on the last molar and move it from the gums in the direction of the teeth in a gentle circular, twisting or wiping motion. Here, too, the upper and lower jaws must be brushed, of course.
After brushing, your child should spit out the toothpaste. However, if they do accidentally swallow it, it is not so bad. The fluoride content of children's toothpaste is specially adjusted so that there are no problems.
Help! Your child refuses to brush their teeth?
If your child doesn't let you brush their teeth or doesn't want to brush them themselves, you can try a few simple tricks first:
- Let your child choose their own toothbrush so they look forward to brushing their teeth.
- Use your role model function and brush together with your child. When brushing becomes a family activity, it is much more fun! And your teeth will be clean in no time.
- There is now a large online offer with exciting stories and toothbrushing videos to entertain and motivate your child while brushing their teeth. This way, the 2 minutes fly by.
Brushing teeth is even more fun with our Minions bamboo toothbrush. The high-quality bristles clean your child's teeth gently and effectively: just like the motto "Brush like the Minions".
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