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Dentistry FAQs: Toothbrushing for Kids

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Are you aware of the risks associated with brushing a child’s smile? Because of child’s teeth are often more vulnerable to dental damage and several other oral health risks, you will need to make sure that you are implementing an effective tooth brushing routine that is safe and effective for their teeth and gums. Frequently asked questions regarding tooth brushing for kids are as follows:

Question: How much toothpaste should be used to clean a child’s smile?
For children under 3, use a batch of toothpaste roughly the size of a grain of rice. For children between 3 and 6 years old, use a batch of toothpaste roughly the size of a pea.

Question: What are some of the benefits of toothbrush care for children?
By implementing an effective oral hygiene routine for a child that includes brushing their teeth, you can greatly lower their risk of various oral health risks such as dental erosion and baby bottle tooth decay.

Question: What is one of the best methods for toothbrushing for children?
Make sure to always brush your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth erupts above the gum line. Never press too hard and be sure to use non-abrasive brushes.

Question: What is a common tip for adults that they tend to forget when caring for a child to fly while brushing?
You should never use the same tools as your child for brushing your teeth. Always make sure your child has their toothbrush and that you have yours.

Dr. Austin Bowden and all of our fantastic team are located in Timonium, Maryland. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Kids First Pediatric Dentistry for pediatric care for your child, please call our office at 410-828-5699.