Dental Tips Blog

Aug
19

Cleaning Your Child’s Teeth: 5 Steps to a Healthy Smile!

Here are a few important goals to keep in mind when helping your child clean his or her smile:

  1. Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.

More than that means more can be accidentally swallowed. If your child has a hard time spitting out toothpaste, then stick to a fluoride-free one. Once they can safely spit out most of it, introduce one that contains fluoride to keep their teeth strong.

  1. Brush thoroughly.

This is a good place for small ones to start practicing their brushing skills! Encourage your child to brush in large circles over the teeth and gums.

  1. Reach the insides and chewing surfaces

Cavities often start on the chewing surfaces of the molars, so make sure to brush those areas really well. The inside surfaces along the gum line are popular areas for collecting dental plaque and are easily missed. Small children usually need help accessing these areas.

  1. Aim for 2 minutes.

It can be hard for kids to stand still long enough for brushing! Try to use fun timers or a song to encourage them to stay put long enough for an effective brushing session.

  1. Introduce flossing as early as possible

Age 3 or 4 is a good time to start flossing. Do it for your child for a few years. Most kids can floss on their own by age 8. Flossing is important for removing bacteria that collect between teeth. By beginning flossing as soon as you can, your child will get used to the feeling and start up a healthy habit that combats cavity causing germs.

Consult your dentist for more age-appropriate brushing tips for your kids.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

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