- 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 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.