Ankeny IA Children’s Dentist Shares Brushing Tips for Children

Is your child a thorough brusher? Chances are you probably have to struggle just to get your child to brush his or her teeth. Thus, you may not be paying much attention to your child’s technique. Here to help you with your child’s homecare habits is your Ankeny IA dentist, Dr. Amanda Foust. She shares three tips for encouraging your child to brush like a pro.

Tips for Encouraging Reluctant Brushers

  1. Brush as a family. Children may be more likely to brush their teeth if they see homecare as more of a family activity. Brush alongside your little one and don’t skimp on the encouragement. An added bonus of this arrangement is that you can keep an eye on your child’s technique, offering corrections when necessary.
  2. Let your child pick out a toothbrush. Something as simple as the right color toothbrush may be enough to encourage a reluctant brusher. Therefore, why not let your child pick out his or her own toothbrush? The presence of a beloved cartoon character may be all the motivation needed to develop a tooth brushing habit.
  3. Use a fun song as a brush timer. One of the biggest struggles when it comes to children’s brushing is that they tend to rush through it. A brushing timer is, therefore, very useful because it gives kids a specific duration during which they are expected to brush their teeth. By choosing a song as the timer, you can incorporate a fun element into homecare, making the task less arduous for your little one.

Schedule a Visit with Your Ankeny IA Children’s Dentist

When was the last time you took your little one for a dental checkup? If it was more than six months ago, the time has come for another visit. Contact your , Dr. Foust, today to schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling (515) 965-0230. Also, visit our website to print patient forms, learn about our team, and view our other services. We offer general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry and look forward to treating patients from Polk City, Bondurant, Elkhart, Alleman, and surrounding cities.