Brush your child's teeth as soon as they appear. Use a child-sized soft toothbrush and a pea size dab of fluoride toothpaste. Remind your child to "spit" the tooth paste out and not to swallow the toothpaste. Continue to use the wet gauze on the gums where no teeth have erupted. You will have to brush and floss your child's teeth until your child can be taught to do it well alone, usually around 8 years of age. Then you will need to double check your child's work. Dr. Kucera will show you some good tricks to help get the job done.
Use dental floss between all teeth that touch.
Brushing Your Child Teeth
- Teeth should last a lifetime! Tooth decay and gum problems can be avoided by the daily removal of plaque.
- Plaque is made up of germs that live on your teeth, all the time. Plaque should be removed everyday to stop the germs from making acid that can cause tooth decay.
- Home dental care for your child should include: daily toothbrushing with a small toothbrush that is not worn out or frayed, using a small pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste.
How to brush your child’s teeth:
- Point the toothbrush bristles toward the gum line.
- Use short back and forth strokes.
- Brush the inside, outside, back, front and top of each tooth.
- Brush the tongue.
- Help your child brush everyday until around age 8.
- Floss the teeth. Your dentist can show you how.
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