Know Your Brushing Basics
- Wipe your newborn’s gums with a clean, damp cloth at least once a day.
- Begin brushing with a small toothbrush every day when your child’s first tooth appears, which is usually between the ages of 4 and 7 months. Ask your doctor whether to use toothpaste, and what type of toothpaste.
- Use a soft toothbrush with round-ended bristles made just for kids, and brush your child’s teeth using a circular motion, not a back-and-forth motion that can wear down gums.
- Brush everywhere – the front side, back side, tops and in between each tooth, and around the gums.
- Start using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste when your child is between the ages of 2 and 3 and able to understand how to spit out the toothpaste instead of swallowing it. Supervise closely and teach your child to spit out the toothpaste instead of swallowing it
Brushing Tips – Let’s face it, brushing isn’t always a child’s favorite activity! Make if fun with these ideas.
- Use brightly colored toothbrushes.
- Sing silly songs or fun new lyrics to classics like “Old MacDonald Had A Farm” to them as they brush.
- Make sounds that open the mouth wide, like saying “ahhh” really loud or roaring like a lion.
source: “Know Your Brushing Basics.” first5california.com. First 5 California, Web. Jan. 8th, 2017.