Teaching kids proper oral hygiene is essential for their overall health. However, for children under the age of 6, it’s crucial to teach them how to spit safely to prevent them from swallowing toothpaste. In this article, we will explore some fun and effective methods to teach kids the art of spitting safely.

Why is Spitting Important for Kids?

Before we dive into the fun techniques, let’s understand why spitting is crucial for young children when it comes to oral care. Toothpaste, although necessary for dental health, should not be swallowed in excess because it contains fluoride, which can be harmful in large quantities. By teaching kids to spit out toothpaste properly, we ensure that they get the benefits of brushing without the risk of fluoride ingestion.

The Fun Methods for learning spitting

1. Blow out candles

Blowing out candles is not only a delightful activity but also an excellent way to teach kids how to control their breath and produce a gentle, controlled spit. You can use birthday candles or small candles specifically designed for this purpose. Encourage your child to blow out the candle while practicing spitting into a sink or tissue.

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2. Sip through a straw šŸ„¤

This method combines the enjoyment of sipping through a straw with the educational aspect of learning to spit safely. Fill a glass with water and place a straw in it. Ask your child to take a sip through the straw while letting the water dribble out into a separate container. This mimics the spitting motion and helps kids grasp the concept.

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3. Blowing bubbles

Encourage children to blow bubbles. it is a fun activity and kids learn how to control their orofacial muscles. It strengthens the muscles of the mouth.

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4. Spin a pinwheel

Pinwheels are captivating for children, and they can be used to teach the art of spitting safely. Hold the pinwheel in front of your child and explain that blowing on it gently will make it spin. Encourage them to try it out while focusing on control. This action mirrors the controlled spit required during toothbrushing.

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5. Show & Copy spitting

Kids often learn by imitation. Demonstrate the proper spitting technique by taking a small amount of toothpaste on your own toothbrush and showing them how to spit it out into the sink. Encourage them to mimic your actions until they get the hang of it.

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6. Say “two” for strong muscles!

This is a playful way to teach kids the importance of strong mouth muscles for spitting safely. Tell your child that saying “two” requires strong lips and tongue. Encourage them to repeat the word while focusing on their mouth muscles, making the connection between muscle strength and spitting proficiency.

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7. The Bull’s Eye technique for kids

Show your child the proper technique and offer positive feedback when they perform it correctly. Transforming brushing sessions into a game of precision can be an enjoyable method to motivate them to spit out the toothpaste. You can designate the center of the drain as the bullseye or place a vibrant plastic ring at the sink’s bottom for added excitement. Here is an interesting video on how to do it.

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Conclusion

Teaching kids to spit safely is a vital part of their oral hygiene education. By incorporating fun and engaging methods like blowing out candles, blowing bubbles, sipping through a straw, spinning a pinwheel, showing and copying, and saying “two,” you can make this learning process enjoyable and effective. Remember to emphasize the importance of not swallowing toothpaste and monitor their progress to ensure they develop this essential skill.

FAQs

At what age should I start teaching my child to spit safely?

Learn the crucial steps to take during the first 1-2 minutes of a choking incident when a child is choking. This includes assessing breathing, initiating choking management which is 5 back blows followed by 5 abdominal thrusts. Note that there is difference in management of infants and children over 1 year old.

How can I make spitting practice more enjoyable for my child?

If back blows don’t relieve the choking and your baby or child is still conscious,Ā give chest thrusts to infants under 1 year or abdominal thrusts to children over 1 year. This will create an artificial cough, increasing pressure in the chest and helping to dislodge the object.

Should children spit put toothpaste?

When it comes to children (and adults) accidentally swallowing toothpaste, there’s no need to be concerned about it harming the rest of their body from a health perspective. Rest assured, they are not ingesting anything poisonous. However, the best practice for the proper development of children’s adult teeth is for them to spit out the toothpaste rather than swallowing it.

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