Observe the child during self-care routines in the bathroom.
The adult helps the child get the toothbrush ready and encourages him to brush “all by yourself.”
Child wants to do things by himself. The child understands that the toothbrush goes on the teeth, but has trouble orienting it horizontally.
Encourage parents to involve children in washing and drying tasks throughout the day. Wash hands after eating or playing outside. In addition, children can help wash and dry plastic dishes. Brush teeth after meals to give children practice and build the routine. Include washcloths, toothbrushes, combs and brushes in dramatic play.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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