Carpenter Pediatric Dentistry

Brush and floss your child’s teeth until he or she is at least six years old. By age six or seven, children should be able to brush their own teeth while you watch. When first teaching your child how to brush, you may wish to stand behind him or her and hold the brush. This can help your child learn how to brush the right way.

How To Brush

Make choosing a toothbrush a fun activity for you and your child. Find a child-sized toothbrush with soft bristles. Let your child pick the color and design. You can also ask your dentist if there is a powered toothbrush that is right for your child.

By around age 10 or 11, most children should know how to brush their teeth without supervision. If your’e not sure if your child is ready, ask your dentist for advice. Keep in mind that each child is different, and they are ready for different habits at different ages.

Here are some tips for proper brushing:

  • The ADA recommends that you use a pea-sized drop of toothpaste for children between 2 and 6 years old.  For children under 2, use only water unless your dentist recommends using toothpaste.
  • Place the toothbrush against the gums
  • Move the toothbrush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes.  Crush the outer surfaces of each tooth, upper and lower.  Repeat the same method in the inside surfaces and chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • Finish by brushing the tongue to help freshen breath and remove bacteria.

We hope that these methods will help you when teaching your children how to brush their teeth. Ready to jumpstart your healthy habits? Schedule an appointment today!

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