All About Brushing My Teeth
Simple stories you can read with your child to help prepare for their dental visit
My dental hygienist taught me how to brush my teeth today! I thought there were a lot of steps but, after they showed me, it was easy.
First, my hygienist told me that brushing the right way takes time. They told me that most dentist say it should take at least 2 minutes to brush all my teeth. My parents set a timer for me to make sure I know how long to brush. I also learned that you should brush your teeth two times a day. One time in the morning and one time before bed.
The first step is putting toothpaste on my toothbrush. Not too much! I like the mint flavor the best.
Then I had to hold my toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against my gums. My dental hygienist had to show me what this felt like and showed me in a mirror too.
Next, you should brush your teeth slowly, in small circles on the front and back of your teeth. Don’t forget the top of your teeth too. That’s the part that you use to chew your food.
Be sure to brush every tooth, every time and all around. As much as you can. You don’t want to leave any sugar bugs behind.
After your done brushing your teeth, be sure to brush your tongue and top of your mouth too.
Now you have a clean smile!