How should you care for your child’s early tooth brushing needs? Typically, a child will require assistance with their daily brushing habits until they are around 6 years old. At this time, you should make sure they are brushing safely and effectively with the proper brushing techniques.
The style, shape, contours, and lifespan of a toothbrush for your child is important. The brush should always have soft bristles and be large enough to clean all areas of their teeth. When choosing a toothpaste, make sure it is age appropriate and approved by your dentist. For children under 3, use a rice grain sized dab of toothpaste. For children over 3, use a pea-sized dab of toothpaste.
When storing a child’s toothbrush, make sure it is in an aired-out container and not touching any other toothbrush or utensil, as contamination can occur. Typically, their toothbrush will last 3-4 months before the need to replace it. For additional oral health care needs, be sure to bring your child in for their first examination before they are one year old.
To schedule your child’s oral examination at Killeen Children’s Dental Center with Dr. Dr. Manshadi, Dr. Van Arsdall, Dr. Roden-Johnson, Dr. Shoptaw, and Dr. Shook and our team at our pediatric office in Harker Heights, TX, simply give us a call at (254) 262-3131. We look forward to hearing from you.