What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
        
 
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  

Resources

   

HOW TO TEACH TEETH BRUSHING BASICS TO YOUNG CHILDREN: ADVICE FROM DENTAL EXPERTS IN NASSAU COUNTY, LONG ISLAND

     Home  >  Articles  > 
by NYMetroParents Staff

Related: teeth, brush, brushing, dental, hygiene, basics, toddlers, young, children, kids, teach, ask the experts, expert, advice, tips, guidelines, for parents, pediatric, dentists, Nassau County, Long Island, NY,


Advice from the Dental Experts in Nassau County, Long Island:


What is the best way to teach dental hygiene and habits to toddlers and young children?


"Get your kids involved and make it fun. Take your children to their favorite store and let them choose their favorite toothbrush, toothpaste or mouthwash.  Or, encourage good oral hygiene by taking fun pictures and making a "perfect smile" scrapbook for both of you to work on together."

-Steven Boral, DDS, of Nassau Pediatric Associates, P.C., in Franklin Square


"It's all a preventive strategy-parents need to take the initiative because kids like routine. Be persistent even if your kids don't like it."

-Stacey Reynolds, DDS, of Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City


"Make it a family affair as often as possible. Performing your daily oral hygiene routine with ease makes the process seem like less of a chore or punishment when it's your child's turn."

-Sky Berdahl, DDS, of Flower Hill Kids in Roslyn


"Parents must teach by example; when their children observe good brushing and flossing habits, they will develop their own good habits more readily."

-Jodi Guttenberg, DDS, of Kidds on Park Dental in Rockville Centre


"Infants and toddlers learn most effectively by modeling the behavior they see.  Have your child come into the bathroom and watch you as you brush and floss your teeth.  Also, make a big deal about giving your child his/her own toothbrush."

-Mahnaz Khan, DDS, of Hirsch, Ehrenman & Khan, DDS, PC, in Westbury


"Make it rewarding for the kids and give them positive reinforcement. A lot of kids brush really fast, so using a timer can help them take their time."

-Mehrzad Simoni, DDS, of North Shore Pediatric Dentistry in Great Neck

 


Click here for more advice from dental experts in the New York metro area.


Give yourself a free Holiday Gift

Receive our weekly highlights newsletter · Over 1,000 local activities

More Articles

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local Sponsors


Village East Gifted
216 Willis Ave.
Roslyn Heights, NY
631-549-2313
Village East Gifted is an enrichment program in Lo...

Bricks 4 Kidz (TM)/Western South Shore
516-662-2484
At Bricks 4 Kidz®, we believe it’s important to ta...

Green Vale School (The)
250 Valentine's Lane
Old Brookville , NY
516-640-2420
The Green Vale School is one of the nation's premi...

Our Lady of Mercy
520 S. Oyster Bay Road
Hicksville, NY
516-433-7040
Our Lady of Mercy School, serving the Hicksville c...

Kidville Wantagh, Willow Wood Shopping Center
1183 Wantagh Avenue
Wantagh, New York
516-409-4558
Kidville is the #1 place for families with young c...
See Our Directory

local zones

Nassau

Nassau cont.

Suffolk

Suffolk cont.

Westchester

Westchester cont.

Fairfield

Rockland

Rockland cont.

Queens

Queens cont.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn cont.

Manhattan

Copyright 2015 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE