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Tooth Brushing

Brushing and 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 teeth gently with a moist, soft cloth or gauze square. As babies grow, use a child’s toothbrush with a small, pea-sized dab of toothpaste. By age 2 or 3 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, short, back and forth motion to remove plaque. When children are older they can switch to this method.

Hold the brush at an angle (45 degrees) towards teeth and gums. Move brush back and forth with short strokes, about a half tooth wide.

  1. Brush the inside and outside surfaces of each tooth, top and bottom.
  2. Hold the brush flat on top of the teeth and brush the chewing surfaces.
  3. Gently brush the tongue to remove debris.
  4. 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. As your child gets more teeth, you can begin to use a soft child’s toothbrush. You should use just a pea-size amount of a fluoride toothpaste or a non-fluoride toothpaste until your child is able to spit it out (too much fluoride can stain their teeth).

For most toddlers, getting them to brush their teeth can be quite a challenge.

Some suggestions for making tooth brushing a positive experience:

It can also be a good idea to create a “tooth brushing routine” and stick to the same routine each day.

“The information on this site is provided for educational or informative purposes only; it is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, recommendations or treatment”.

 

Pediatric Dentists Dr. Thomas, Dr. Hawkinson & Dr. Lopez provide Children's Dentistry
including orthodontic treatments, cavity prevention, gum disease prevention, thumb sucking
and tooth brushing tips to Leawood, Lee's Summit, Kansas City North & the Country Club Plaza.
Orthodontist Dr. Crist provides orthodontic treatment to Leawood.

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