How should I brush my child’s teeth?

    Wipe infant’s teeth gently with a moist, soft cloth or gauze square. As babies grow, use a child’s toothbrush with a small, pea-sized dab of toothpaste. By age 2 or 3 begin to teach your child to brush. You will still need to brush where they miss. Dentists and hygienists often advise children to use a gentle, short, back and forth motion to remove plaque. When children are older they can switch to this method.

    • Hold the brush at an angle (45 degrees) towards teeth and gums. Move brush back and forth with short strokes, about a half tooth wide.
    • Brush the inside and outside surfaces of each tooth, top and bottom.
    • Hold the brush flat on top of the teeth and brush the chewing surfaces.
    • Gently brush the tongue to remove debris.
    • Floss between teeth daily.