Dr Pyle's Weston Dentist Blog

How soon should I begin brushing my child’s teeth?

Once your children have any teeth it is important to get started on a regular oral hygiene routine with your kids.The very first baby teeth can be wiped with a soft damp cloth.This gets your child used to something happening in their mouth. Once your child begins getting their molars in, we recommend the use of a soft-bristled toothbrush.

How do I brush my young child’s teeth?

For children who are under two years of age we recommend using a wet soft-bristled toothbrush either with or without training toothpaste. If you do use toothpaste for a child who is under two, use one without fluoride.After the age of two the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends the use of a small smear of toothpaste with fluoride.We tell our Weston parents that this small amount of fluoridated toothpaste introduces the texture of the fluoridated toothpaste and increases the fluoride exposure to the teeth.We prefer to allow young children to brush as many times as they wish—without fluoridated toothpaste.When fluoridated toothpaste is used, the parents should do the brushing. Since most kids see the fluoridated toothpaste as a treat, they tend to allow the parents to help with the brushing even when they are getting more independent and insist on doing other things by themselves.

Stephen J Pyle, DDS
General Dentist, Weston fl

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