For healthy teeth, choose healthy, whole food snacks, like fruit vegetables, and cheese. As your child gets older, raw or roasted nuts are also great options for a healthy smile.
If brushing is a struggle for your infant or toddler, four hands can be better than two. Have one person place the child’s legs around their torso, while the child lies back into the partner’s lap for brushing teeth. If a partner is unavailable to assist you, we recommend sitting on the floor, with your child’s head in your lap to achieve the best access.
For brushing the teeth of children less than 2 years old, use a rice grain amount of fluoride toothpaste; even though the child will likely swallow the paste, this is a safe and helpful dose of fluoride for your child. For children over the age of 2, a small pea-sized amount of toothpaste is recommended.
Remember to keep toothpaste out of your child’s reach, and always have an adult dispense toothpaste for children less than eight years old.
Although your child may seem independent at five years old, it is best to supervise brushing at least before bedtime until your child is 8 years old, to ensure that proper cleaning is taking place.
Introduce flossing as soon as you notice that child’s teeth are touching. We recommend floss sticks as the simplest means of cleaning between young teeth. If flossing is a struggle for your child, concentrate on cleaning between the molars in the back of the mouth.
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