Dr. Alin Alkass on Encouraging Children to Brush

Brushing is essential to children’s oral hygiene, and developing good brushing habits is important to their future dental health. However, it can be difficult for young children (and even some older ones) to sit still and brush for the two-minute time frame most dentists recommend. To encourage children to brush properly, Dr. Alin Alkass suggests brushing with them until you’re certain they know the proper technique, then giving them incentives for showing good brushing habits on their own. They can brush for the length of their favorite song or during a commercial break, and they can be given rewards such as extra computer time, money, or small toys when they brush properly for an extended period of time.

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