Toothbrushing is an important part of great oral hygiene for children. At Superkids Pediatric Dentistry, we help parents and children understand significance of brushing, and also assist in developing the proper brushing technique and habits for kids.
With three convenient locations in Sterling Virginia, Alexandria Virginia, and Potomac Maryland, your child can get the best dental care from experienced and friendly pediatric dentists!
Toothbrushing For Kids
Children’s mouths and hands are not the same as adults. Therefore, they need toothbrushes that are specifically designed for kids. However, both adults and children should use toothbrushes with soft,rounded bristles for gentle cleaning. Your toothbrush should be changed every three months.
For infants, wipe their teeth gently with a moist, soft cloth or a small gauze square. As babies start to grow, use a child’s toothbrush, with a pea-sized dab of toothpaste. Around age two or three, you should begin teaching your child to brush their teeth. You will have to brush any areas that they miss. When your children begin brushing their teeth, they should use a gentle, short, back and forth motion in order to remove plaque.
As your children get older, they can begin to use this method.
Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle towards the teeth and gums
Move the toothbrush back and forward with short strokes, around half a tooth wide
Brush the inside and outside surfaces of each tooth
Brush the chewing surfaces with the brush flat on top of the teeth
Brush the tongue gently to remove debris
When To Begin Tooth Brushing
You can begin cleaning your child’s teeth once they begin erupting by gently wiping them with a moist washcloth. As they begin to grow more teeth, you can start to use a soft bristled child’s toothbrush. Apply just a small pea-sized amount of toothpaste (such as Baby OraGel) until your child is able to spit it out. Too much fluoride may stain their teeth.
For many toddlers, getting them to brush their teeth can be a challenge. Here are some tips to make tooth brushing for toddlers easier:
Brush your teeth with your child
Let your child pick their own toothbrush with their favorite characters. This gives them a feeling of control
Let your child brush their own teeth at first, then you can help out afterwards
Give your child a few children’s books on tooth brushing
In order to help your child better understand the importance of brushing, it may be helpful and fun to let them eat or drink something that will temporarily “stain” their teeth, and then let them brush their teeth clean so they can see the difference.
Another helpful tip is to create a “teeth brushing routine”, and stick to it each day so it becomes a habit.
To schedule an appointment with our pediatric dentist Alexandria VA,Sterling, VA and Potomac, MD to help your child develop great oral habits that will last a lifetime, including tooth brushing technique, call one of our convenient office locations:
46175 West Lake Drive, Suite 430, Sterling, VA. 20165 • Phone: 703-774-0014
9800 Falls Road, Suite 7, Potomac, MD 20854 • Phone: 301-299-4400
5787 Winston Court, Alexandria, VA 22311 • Phone: 703-931-4400