Kids and Brushing: Best Practices

For young children, their teeth should be cleaned as soon as they begin to emerge in their mouths. Brushing teeth early teaches your child great and healthy habits. A common trick families use is putting a soft washcloth on your finger and gently brushing your child’s teeth. Refer to your child’s pediatric dentist
when they recommend
to know when you can switch to a brush. Recommendations will differ among dentists.

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Here are some helpful steps to caring for your child’s teeth in between regular check
ups:

• Choose a small, child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush. A child’s mouth is sensitive, and therefore, the most sensitive touch possible is a good thing to introduce to them as they begin their dental health.

• Children will often swallow toothpaste – which isn’t healthy. Try using only water to brush your child’s teeth until they reach the age of 2.

• Brush your child’s teeth twice a day.

• Ask your dentist about your child’s fluoride needs. Depending on your drinking water at home, fluoride supplements may be needed.

Parents often brush their children’s teeth until they’re about 6 or 7. Children often lack the proper coordination to maintain proper dental health.
Allow your child to watch you brush your teeth will help
teach the importance of good oral hygiene and shows them the proper technique
they should be using. Allow them to try with you supervising and correcting any bad
habits for the first month that they are brushing their own teeth.