- After feedings, rub gums with a wet facecloth even before teething starts. This will help your baby get used to having his or her mouth cleaned.
- Once teething begins, use a very soft-bristled toothbrush with water and massage the tooth and gums.
- Supervise brushing in the morning and at night, or brush for them, with non-fluoridated toothpaste. Switch to a fluoride toothpaste as soon as your kids can spit.
- Let an electric toothbrush do the work for them. Electric brushes remove much more plaque than a regular toothbrush. Find one that is rechargeable and geared towards kids.
- Start flossing once teeth make contact with their neighbors. Floss picks make flossing quick and easy.
- Serve apple slices and baby carrots, which act as sneaky natural brushes to remove snacks that get stuck in “groovy” molars.
- Limit sugar as much as possible. Sugar is added to just about every pre-packaged food, so read those nutritional labels!
Kids age 5+
- Take turns brushing. Let your child brush in the morning, and then take over brushing duties at night.
- Brush with an electric toothbrush using toothpaste with fluoride and continue to floss. Flossing isn’t always easy – especially for kids with braces - but it prevents decay and the formation of white spots caused by plaque.
- Teach kids how to read nutritional labels and count the grams of sugar in their snacks to empower them to make healthier choices.
Got a Squirrelly One?
- Let your child pick out their favorite toothbrush and toothpaste (as long as it’s age appropriate).
- Instead of using a timer for brushing, have your child pick out a favorite song and have them brush until it’s over.
- Brush earlier in the evening when snacks are finished instead of right before bed. Children are more awake and tend to do a better job.
- Use sticker or reward charts – perfect for younger kids learning to brush on their own.
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