As a parent, one of the key areas you play a role in for a young child is helping them develop their oral care, namely brushing and flossing their teeth. Helping teach them how to brush properly, starting by helping them at a young age and eventually progressing to where they can brush for themselves, is vital for setting them up for a lifetime of proactive oral care.
At Southridge Pediatric Dentistry, we’re here to help with all areas of pediatric dentistry, from basic cleanings and kids dental x-rays to expertise on fluoride treatments and, yes, simple areas like teaching your child how to brush. One theme we regularly remind parents of here: While it’s important to show your child how to brush thoroughly and properly, you want to avoid them brushing too hard due to certain risks it can bring about – here are some of the concerns with brushing too hard, plus some basic tips to prevent it.
For starters, as one of the more common mistakes both children and adults alike make while brushing, we have ample evidence of the issues brushing too hard can cause in the mouth. This practice can damage both the teeth and the gums in several ways, including:
If you’re unsure whether your child is brushing too hard, have a look at their toothbrush and its bristles. Newer brushes should have straight, mostly normal bristles – if they already appear flat and worn down, you could be brushing too hard.
Here are some general tips to ensure your child is brushing properly and not exerting too much force:
For more on helping ensure your child doesn’t brush their teeth too hard, or to learn about any of our pediatric dental services, speak to the staff at Southridge Pediatric Dentistry today.