Even if your dentist will give you the best tips and advice in this regard, we share some tips so you know how to stimulating the necessary coordination between eye, hand and toothbrush when a child is learning to brush their teeth.
The first step we will take to stimulate the coordination between eye-hand-brush will be by proposing a kind of game to the small or the small: practice the movement up and down with the brush on the front teeth, keeping the bristles of the brush towards the front.
The second step in this game to learn how to brush your teeth is to make lateral movements keeping the toothbrush always facing the front. In this way we continue to practice eye-hand-brush coordination and let’s discover the most essential movements of brushing as you gradually know your mouth and all surfaces of it that need cleaning.
The third step will be for the little one to practice the same exercises but making a circular movement with the brush pointing at his teeth. We emphasize that what is important is that they learn to perform the movements they need to do to clean their mouth and their teeth, so that initially it is not necessary to introduce the brush into the oral cavity or rub with the brush directly on the teeth , We just practice the gesture.
The next step would be to teach the boy to apply some toothpaste on the brush. We will teach you calmly to open the jar of the toothpaste and to put some pasta on the brush. Although it seems simple, this is demanding enough precision to the child. Also, once the little one has applied the paste on the brush, to take advantage of it, we will invite you to simulate the movements of the brushing learned on one of his dolls, for example, this will further strengthen what has been learned. That hand and brush exercise will be helping a lot in the learning phase of the movement needed for brushing teeth.
Once all this knowledge has been secured in the child they will be prepared to begin brushing their teeth alone. Just at that moment in which they begin to do it we can use to go teaching them other gestures like rinsing the mouth correctly or using – this with much patience and care – complements of a correct oral hygiene such as dental floss and rinsing.