Brushing and Flossing

h-brushing.jpgBrushing Teeth for Kids

For children 2 and under, you can use a washcloth  moistened with water to clean your child's teeth and gums.  After age two, (and when you child can "spit") use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste. Instruct your child to move the brush in small, circular motions to reach food particles that may be under the gumline. Have them hold the toothbrush at an angle, and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth and the surface of each tooth. It will take  several minutes to thoroughly brush their teeth. Brushing up on the lower teeth, down on the upper teeth, outside and inside, and chewing surfaces of all of the front and back teeth. Have them brush their tongue before rinsing.

As soon as the bristles start to wear down or fray, replace their toothbrush with a new one. Teach them not to swallow any toothpaste and to rinse their mouth thoroughly with water after every brushing and flossing.  Brushing and flossing carefully is important to maintain optimal oral hygiene and the early your child starts, the better. Creating this healthy routine will insure a healthy smile that will last a lifetime!

How to Floss for Kids

For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach, dental floss is used to remove food particles and plaque. Dental floss is a thin thread of waxed nylon that is used to reach below the gumline and clean between teeth. Brush and floss every day for optimal results.

Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around your middle fingers. Guide the floss between all teeth to the gumline, pulling out any food particles or plaque. Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go so that you have used the floss from beginning to end when you finish. Floss behind all of the back teeth.

Brush and floss at night to make sure your child's teeth are clean before they go to bed.

Brushing and Flossing for Kids

Brushing your teeth four times a day will help to avoid the accumulation of food particles and plaque:

  • In the morning after breakfast
  • After lunch or right after school
  • After dinner
  • At bedtime

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