How to Teach Kids to Brush and Floss their Teeth

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It’s important to teach kids to brush and floss their teeth correctly at an early age. They will (hopefully) continue the good habits as they get older. Be sure to ask you dentist, but ours told us that kids should be brushing completely independently until around age 8. If your child is younger, they can still help out. You’ll just need to help get tough areas and check their work!

Teaching Kids to Brush Their Teeth

Make sure you are brushing long enough and getting all sides of the teeth. If your child wants to be in control, let them brush first. Then, take a turn after them. Brushing to a timer or a song can help keep them brushing for the recommended 2 minutes. Make brushing fun. Get a toothbrush with a favorite character!

Brushing Activity (With Letter Practice!)


Teaching Kids to Floss Their Teeth

If kids have teeth that are touching, they need to floss. This takes a lot of dexterity, so they may need some help! You’ll want to explain how and why teeth need to be flossed.

Flossing Activities

There are so many great interactive ways to teach kids about flossing using supplies you probably already have on hand.


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Teach Kids to Brush and Floss their Teeth

Krystal Miller
Krystal is a mom to three wonderful kids, and she works part-time as a college instructor. Her spare time is filled with writing, gardening and chasing backyard chickens.

7 Responses to “How to Teach Kids to Brush and Floss their Teeth

  • Wow!!! Such cute projects!! I love the little arts and crafts to teach about flossing. Brilliant!

  • What a cute song to help teach children how to brush! I have never heard that before. My son loves brushing. Flossing…not so much!

  • These are such great ideas! Taking care of your teeth is so important, and it’s so much easier when you teach these habits early.

  • CourtneyLynne
    12 months ago

    Omg now this is one cute project!!! My daughter would probably love this!

  • My little girl is 1 years old, she likes brushing her teeth. But the problem is she doesn’t spit out the toothpaste instead she taste it and eat it no matter what I warn!!!
    I just want to know if it’s harmful to her and how can I tell her to quit? Btw, thanks for sharing some great ideas to make teeth brushing more easier !

    • My little one still has trouble spitting it out, too. If you are worried about it, you might want to check into the toddler toothpastes.

  • Maryann D.
    12 months ago

    This is all good info and I tried very hard with my children to make sure they brushed properly. They are older now but still have a hard time flossing.

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