About Brushing and Flossing

Brushing Right

Your child’s hands and mouth are different than yours, especially when it comes to brushing and flossing teeth. Kids need toothbrushes that are designed to fit inside their smaller mouths and hands. As your child grows, they may need a larger toothbrush. Of course, everyone should purchase a brush with soft, round bristles to ensure gentle cleaning. Remember to buy a new brush approximately every three months. An old toothbrush can lose its ability to effectively remove plaque. This also ensures your child is still using the right size brush for their mouth.

Dental Cleaning for Kids

Dental hygiene is important to keep your child’s teeth healthy and cavity free. Your child may be brushing on their own, but we recommend you help brush your child’s teeth until age 6 or 7. During this stage, it’s important to remind children how to brush and floss to ensure they are using the right technique. To ensure proper teeth cleaning and reduce plaque, your child should:
  • Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle facing the teeth.
  • Brush in small, gentle circles about half a tooth wide.
  • Brush the inner and outer surface of each tooth.
  • Brush the chewing surfaces of each tooth, holding the brush flat on top of the teeth.
  • Gently brush the tongue to remove food particles.
  • Floss gently between teeth every day.