Brushing Teeth

When should kids start brushing?

Even before the first tooth comes into the mouth, parents should wipe the gums daily with damp washcloth. This is not only good oral hygiene but it helps your child get used to having the gums cleaned daily. As soon as the first tooth comes in, start brushing with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Parents should do the brushing until a child has developed the manual dexterity necessary to brush independently. About the same time that children can tie their own shoelaces. For most children, this happens between ages 7 and 8 years. Parents can then supervise the brushing to make sure that the child does it properly.

4 Tips to getting your child excited about brushing:

  1. Establish a consistent daily routine after breakfast and at night when getting ready for bed.
  2. Play fun songs that will hold their attention long enough to get all teeth brushed.
  3. Let children pick out their favorite toothpaste or toothbrush with cartoon characters.
  4. Brush your own teeth at the same time and make it a family affair.

Proper brushing technique eliminates plaque and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Your children’s dentist will demonstrate how to brush in small circles with the head of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle from the teeth and brushing horizontal on the chewing surfaces. Brushing for approximately 2 minutes allows enough time to clean all the hard-to-reach surfaces. It is important to brush the tongue as well to eliminate bacteria and fight bad breath.

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