What is the correct way to brush my baby’s teeth?

It’s fun to brush your teeth! Supervise brushing to make sure children use only a pea sized amount of toothpaste and avoid swallowing it. Children should be taught to spit out remaining toothpaste and rinse with water after brushing. Most children will be able to brush on their own by the age of 6 or 7 years.

One brushing method that many people prefer using is small, horizontal movements. That way bacterial plaque and food remnants are moved from the top surfaces of the teeth, and from the sides. A playful approach to brushing children’s teeth can make it easier and more fun. Adults must help children at a young age to achieve a really thorough clean.

You may find it easier to cradle your baby in your arms so that you can reach the teeth more easily. Use small, gentle circular movements concentrating on the area where the teeth and gums meet, cleaning one section at a time. During this period of teething, your baby’s gums will feel tender so when brushing make sure you are not too vigorous.

Click here to view the Jordan video to learn how to correctly brush your child’s first teeth. Your dentist or dental hygienist will also be happy to help if you need more guidance.

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