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Tips for brushing children's teeth

Parentree-editors 2008-12-17 08:26:27

Here are some basic tips to take care of children's teeth, when they are young.

1 to 2 years

  • Take your child to the dentist every 6 months
  • Let her watch you brush your teeth
  • Get a soft toothbrush and gently brush her teeth. Use a soft touch on both the teeth and gums. Do not apply pressure.
  • No toothpaste is necessary

2 to 3 years

  • Take your child to the dentist every 6 months
  • Let her watch you brush your teeth
  • Have the child select a toothbrush at the store. Some very cute ones are available now.
  • Get a soft toothbrush and gently brush his teeth.  Use a small amount of flouridated toothpaste (the size of a pea).
  • Use a soft touch. Do not apply pressure.
  • Rinse her mouth out carefully.
  • Brush twice a day - morning and at night

3 to 5 years

  • Take your child to the dentist every 6 months
  • Have the child select a toothbrush at the store. Some very cute ones are available now.
  • Get a soft toothbrush and have him gently brush his teeth.  Use a small amount of flouridated toothpaste (the size of a pea).
  • You will need to watch the brushing to make sure she covers all her teeth and uses the right amount of toothpaste.
  • Help her rinse her mouth out carefully.
  • Brush twice a day - morning and at night.

5+ years

  • Take your child to the dentist every 6 months
  • Have the child select a toothbrush at the store. Some very cute ones are available now.
  • Get a soft toothbrush and have him gently brush his teeth.  Use a small amount of flouridated toothpaste (the size of a pea).
  • From this age, they will be able to rinse by themselves. Help them by providing a cup or a glass with the water to rinse.
  • They can also be trusted to put their own toothpaste on the brush. Sometimes there will be an accident or two with too much being squeezed out, so be prepared.
  • Brush twice a day - morning and at night.

Toothbrush

There is a mistaken belief that teeth need to be brushed hard and with a toothbrush that has hard bristles. Both are misconceptions. Indeed, both may actually cause enamel erosion. Teach children to brush softly but thoroughly and with a soft (or at most medium) toothbrush.

Toothpaste

There are toothpastes available that are non-fluoridated and for the use of children. These can be used with little children. However, just because a toothpaste tube is small and has a cartoon or animated movie character on it, does not mean that it is specially made for children. Look at what the toothpaste contains, not just the packaging. Sometimes these are just adult toothpastes with some artificial bubble gummy flavour.

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