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Health Tip: Encouraging Your Kids to Brush
Here's how some dentists do it
-- Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- Even dentists struggle to get their kids to brush and floss regularly.

The American Dental Association mentions these popular tactics:

  • Make brushing time fun. Brush your teeth with your children, and have them imitate what you do. Monitor how much toothpaste the kids use and how long they brush, and double-check their teeth afterward.
  • For very young children with emerging teeth, have the child lie down while you brush their teeth, to see their teeth better.
  • Talk to your children about the importance of brushing twice daily, and that they should brush for at least two minutes at a time. Also, discuss avoiding sugary and acidic drinks.
  • Stay patient, consistent and persistent about brushing rules, and eventually it shouldn't be such a challenge.
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