Teaching your child about proper oral hygiene routines is a vital part of ensuring that they have a happy and healthy smile later in life.
As with so many other things, the habits your child picks up when he or she is young will remain with him or her throughout life.
To this end, it makes sense to teach your child the proper way to brush his or her teeth. One way of doing this is letting him or her watch you when you are brushing your own teeth. This can be a better way of teaching than merely telling him or her how to brush.
Children Learn by Example
Many children learn by observing the habits and actions of others, and mimicking them. If you want your child to know how to brush his or her teeth properly, one of the best things you can do is allow him or her to watch as you brush your own teeth. This will let him or her see the best way to reach all those nooks and crannies in his or her mouth.
How to Help Your Child Watch
You might want to choose a spot other than the bathroom sink in order to let your child have a better vantage point. Consider sitting down on the edge of the tub so your child can really get a close view of how you are brushing. Explain to him or her how you will be brushing, then follow up by demonstrating how it is done.
After you have finished, review the process with your child. Explain to him or her why you brushed the way you did, and be sure to answer any questions he or she has.
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