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Houston Pediatric Specialists

Extra care must be given to young teeth, and children should be taught how to keep their teeth clean and healthy.

As soon as your child is able, teach them how to brush their teeth properly. Doing so will enable them to have good oral hygiene for the rest of their lives.

What Type Of Toothbrush Should I Buy For My Child?

Choose a toothbrush that is proportional to the size of the child’s mouth, with soft bristles and one that they can easily hold in their hand. This will give them a firm grip on the toothbrush and allow them to clean their teeth effectively. Soaking the toothbrush in warm water before brushing teeth can help soften the bristles and make it more gentle to use. Some children prefer using an electric spinning toothbrush. As long as the teeth are cleaned effectively, this can be a great option.

How Much Toothpaste Do I Need To Use?

For kids under three, use a smear amount of fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice.  For kids over three, a pea-sized amount can be used. Fluoride is a mineral that helps protect and strengthen the child’s teeth against cavities. Proper brushing habits, with a small amount of fluoride, will give your child extra protection, especially for young and developing teeth. By always using small amounts of fluoride toothpaste and rinsing out their mouth after brushing teeth, you ensure that your child does not swallow large amounts of fluoride toothpaste.

How Many Times A Day Do Children Need To Brush And For How Long?

It is important that children should brush twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Before going to sleep, the last thing they should do is brush their teeth. If they have anything to eat or drink, other than water, after brushing teeth, they should brush again.

  • Teach them to use small circular motions when brushing teeth, always making sure that the bristles of the toothbrush are gliding against the gums.
  • Brush on the front and back, the top, and all the sides of each tooth.
  • Start with the back teeth first and then gradually move to the teeth at the sides and front of the mouth.
  • Make sure to brush the areas where the teeth and gums meet.
  • Tell the child to take his time while teeth cleaning and spend at least two minutes brushing their teeth to make sure they’re cleaned well.
  • Gently show them how to brush their tongue and the roof of the mouth.
  • After brushing, spit out any toothpaste left in the mouth.
  • Teach them how to clean their toothbrushes and place it somewhere clean to dry.