Quiz: Developing Effective Brushing Habits

toothbrushgirlpigtailsLike most individuals raising young children, you will find that helping your child maintain a healthy smile comes with a seemingly never-ending list of questions. The good news is that we are always here to assist you wherever you happen to be in your child’s journey toward developing a healthy, beautiful smile. As for common concerns, we often find ourselves answering inquiries about how to help one’s child establish effective brushing habits. Wondering if you need questions answered or if you’re already doing an excellent job with your child’s preventive care? Quiz yourself to find out!

Brushing Habits Quiz: True or False?

  1. True or False: The best age to command your child to brush on his or her own is the age of three.
  2. True or False: Once your child begins brushing independently, it’s very important that you leave the room so he or she feels responsible and mature about preventive care.
  3. True or False: If your child is irritable about brushing his or her own teeth, it is best to avoid brushing for a night and send your little one to bed, so you don’t feel frustrated.

Answers To Quiz Questions

  1. False. There’s not a particular rule or “normal” time. If your child begins showing interest, then take that as a sign and allow your child to begin doing at least part of the work. For the most part, however, six years of age is a good time to hand over the toothbrush if your child has not already shown a desire.
  2. False. We always suggest brushing with your child until you are certain your son or daughter has a very good handle on brushing and flossing.
  3. False. You want brushing to feel like a routine, so it is a permanent facet of your child’s preventive care. Consider a different approach (like making the experience fun) and try again, so your child goes to sleep with a clean smile.