We know that helping a child brush their teeth is not easy. While some children are happy to open wide for a grownup to brush, other children have strong opinions on the process. Here are some tips to help with teeth brushing. Remember: the goal is to establish lifelong habits to keep their teeth healthy. If one brushing session or strategy does not work, keep trying!
- Pick out a toothbrush in the child’s favorite color or with a favorite character – or have the child pick out their own toothbrush!
- Take turns brushing. Young children crave independence, and it helps build their own skill and confidence with brushing.
- Play music or sing to help encourage children to brush longer. Pick a song that is 2 minutes long.
- Enlist the help of a favorite stuffed animal or doll and pretend to brush the toy’s teeth. We often say that we’re going to “show doggie how to brush his teeth.”
- Offer praise for good brushing. Younger children respond great to verbal praise as they love to please the grownups in their lives. Older children may need a physical reward, like stickers or an extra book at bedtime.
- Demonstrate good brushing by brushing alongside the child. Many young children love to do what the grownups are doing!
What is oral cancer?
Oral cancer can develop anywhere in or around your mouth, including on the lips, tongue, inside of cheeks, or the hard roof of the mouth.
What are the signs of oral cancer?
There are three primary symptoms of oral cancer: 1) a sore that is not going away; 2) red or white patches anywhere in your mouth; and 3) pain or soreness with swallowing.
What is an oral cancer screening?
Your dentist can perform a quick and easy oral cancer screening at your appointment to check for the early warning signs of oral cancer. At Aurora Dentistry, this screening is completely free to you.
How can I reduce my risk of oral cancer?
- If you are a tobacco user, take actions to quit using and connect to resources such as 1-800-QUIT-NOW for immediate help.
- Get the HPV vaccine. The majority of oral cancers are linked with HPV infection.
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