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Care of Your Child’s Teeth & Gums

Brushing Tips:

  • Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft cloth and water.
  • As soon as your child’s teeth erupt, brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Under the age of 2, use a small “smear” of toothpaste.
  • For 2-5 year old, use a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste.
  • Use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste and do not allow your child to swallow it.
  • Brush your child’s teeth until they are old enough to do a good job on their own.
  • Supervise your child’s brushing and flossing until they are 7-8 years old.

Flossing Tips:

  • Flossing removes plaque between teeth and under the gum line where a toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Flossing should begin when any two teeth touch.
  • Floss your child’s teeth daily until he or she can do it alone.