The Comprehensive Guide to Toothbrushing

Good oral health habits are established at an early age. Your parents probably taught you toothbrushing, and it’s your responsibility to teach your child. When should you start?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends oral brushing when your child gets their first tooth.

Proper Full Toothbrushing Techniques

First, having the proper toothbrush size can make all the difference when brushing. Choose an appropriate size for your child’s age. Also, you’ll want to use a soft-bristled variety that will be gentle on the gums and enamel.

Have your child practice holding the toothbrush. They should grasp the toothbrush with their fingers rather than their fist. Next, apply a dab of toothpaste. Children require just a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste to get the job done.

Pay attention to how you angle the toothbrush when assisting your child. Avoid having the brush perpendicular to the teeth. Instead, the bristles should be aimed toward the gum line where the gum meets the teeth, angled at a 45-degree angle.

Once you’ve mastered the angle, focus on brushing techniques. Make small circles on the surfaces of the teeth, rotating the brushes in a sweeping motion to help grab debris accumulating on the gum line. Repeat on each tooth, the backs, and the fronts.

It’s important not to press too hard when brushing, as this could irritate or inflame the gums. Remember to brush the tongue, too. Follow up with floss and mouthwash to rinse away traces of toothpaste and debris.

Schedule a Full Dental Appointment Today

You want the best for your child’s oral health, which includes regular visits to a pediatric dentist in Melbourne. At Sunshine Smiles in Melbourne, FL, we are committed to providing high care to infants, children, teens, and special needs patients. Call us at 321.622.6255 to schedule an appointment.


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