Tooth Brushing

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Brushing & Flossing Instructions

Children’s hands and mouths are different than adults. They need to use toothbrushes designed for children. Both adults and children should use brushes with soft, rounded bristles for gentle cleaning. Change to a new brush about every three months.

Wipe infant’s gums gently with a moist, soft cloth or gauze square. As babies grow and teeth start to erupt, use a child’s toothbrush with a small smear (size of rice) of toothpaste. By age three you can use a pea-size amount of toothpaste and begin to teach your child to brush. You will still need to brush where they miss. Dentists and hygienists often advise children to use a gentle, circular motion to remove plaque.

Hold the brush and move in a circular with short strokes, about a half tooth wide.

  • Brush the inside and outside surfaces of each tooth, top and bottom.
  • Hold the brush flat on top of the teeth and brush the chewing surfaces.
  • Gently brush the tongue to remove debris.
  • Floss between teeth daily.

When To Begin Brushing

Once your child’s teeth begin erupting, you can begin cleaning them by wiping them with a moist washcloth after each feeding and brushing them daily with a soft child’s toothbrush. You should use a smear of toothpaste of fluorinated children’s toothpaste for children under three (3) and just a pea-sized amount of fluorinated toothpaste for children three to six or until your child is able to spit it out.

For most toddlers, getting them to brush their teeth can be quite a challenge. Some suggestions for making tooth brushing less of a battle can include:

  • Let your child brush your teeth at the same time.
  • Let your child pick out a few toothbrushes with his favorite characters and giving him a choice of which one he wants to use each time (this will give him some feeling of control over the situation).
  • Let your child brush his own teeth first (you will likely have to “help out”).
  • Let your child read children’s books about tooth brushing.
  • Utilize a Mobile App or Website that encourages brushing.
  • Have everyone brush their teeth at the same time.

It can also be a good idea to create a “tooth brushing routine”. And stick to the same routine each day.  Ask a member of our Team to review how we can further help your family encourage healthy brushing habits.

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