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What are some tooth brushing tips for kids?

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To make tooth brushing easier for kids and parents, it is recommended to make the activity fun. Try singing a two minute brushing song, which will encourage kids to keep brushing for the recommended amount of time each session. You can also use pretend games to make the task easier, such as pretending you are a lion or hippo to convince kids to open their mouth wide while brushing.

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Encourage kids to pick out their own tooth brush and tooth paste, so they feel involved in the process and to make it more enjoyable for them. Fun colors and designs often make tooth brushing exciting for young children and make the process easier for the parent.

Dentists recommend brushing at least twice a day, after breakfast and before bed, with a soft bristled brush to ensure the health of your child's teeth. You should replace your tooth brush every three months, as it becomes less effective in maintaining the health of those pearly whites. Flossing in between teeth is also highly recommended as it cleans out the food and plaque that a toothbrush cannot get to. You can also talk to your dentist to see if an antibacterial mouth rinse is recommended for you.

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