It is never too early to make brushing and flossing your child’s habit as part of everyday life…just as washing hands and taking a shower. It is true that children mimic their parents, so it can be easily adopted if parents brush and floss with their children, together at home.
Even at your dentist appointment, bring your child with you and let him/her watch you have a cleaning.
- Use a small, soft toothbrush and brush gently in circular motions along the gum line, twice daily. Especially help them clean the inside surfaces of teeth and back of the front teeth. Let children choose their own toothbrush to make taking care of their teeth fun.
- Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Try to keep the children from swallowing the toothpaste.
- Help children with flossing daily. The earlier a child learns to floss, the better, as flossing removes the plaque which brushing cannot remove.