Here at Kiddies Dental Care we get many questions about how parents can best support their children when first learning how to brush their teeth.
How long should you brush children’s teeth for?
Simply remember our 2×2 motto…brush for 2 mins twice a day. Many families use a count down timer on a phone or ipad to show their child how long to brush for.
How many times a day should we be brushing?
Twice a day is essential for good oral health
Must toothpaste be used, and how much?
Children under 3 should use a small toothbrush with a very small amount of toothpaste…about a grain of rice
Children 3-6 are encouraged to use a pea size amount of toothpaste
Older children will use slightly more than that
Encourage your child to spit their toothpaste out
Do children need to floss?
Flossing once a day – at night before bed is best
How often should the toothbrush be replaced?
Every 3-4 months or when the bristles are worn out or your child has been sick
How should teeth be brushed?
Help your child place the toothbrush at an angle against their gums
Move the brush back and forth, gently, in short strokes
Brush the front, back, and top of teeth
And don’t forget to brush the tongue to get rid of germs and freshen the breath
How long do I need to supervise or assist with teeth cleaning?
The assistance should be provided until the child is at least 8 years of age
When should our first dental check-up be?
First dental checkup should be no later than their second birthday.
Don’t forget the importance of a nutritious and well-balanced diet. Check out some of our other blogs that provide great advice on this.
Not sure if your child is brushing correctly, it may be an ideal time for a checkup. Our Dental Therapist can provide Oral Hygiene Instruction to your child during this visit. MAKE AN APPOINTMENT HERE to see one of our wonderful team to help put your mind at rest.
Some Helpful Videos that may encourage your child to brush
This video explains why we need to brush our teeth for your child
This video brings to life the classic “this is the way we brush our teeth”
For the Hey Dugee fans – How to brush your teeth
and finally for the parents who want a bit more detail on how to brush with a model demonstration