Pediatric Dentistry of Reston (703) 435-1500
1984 Isaac Newton Square, Ste 200
Reston, VA 20190

Brushing and Flossing

For very young children under the age of 3, the AAPD recommends using a smear of fluoride toothpaste with parent supervision instead of a pea size. After they can spit, they can use a small pea size amount of tooth paste on their brush.

Electric toothbrushes are not necessary but sometimes with children a little variety helps make a dull chore a little more interesting. We feel that it is best to invest in a good electric toothbrush like the newer Kids Sonicare or Oral B Braun with a 2- minute timer. As you brush your child’s teeth with an electric brush, you will find that you are able to brush much more consistently and remove the plaque more effectively.

Many young children do not have the ability to do an adequate job by themselves, but they should be encouraged to establish good habits early. Get them used to brushing by allowing them to brush as often as they like, but you should go over their mouth too. 

Flossing is a wonderful habit to start early, if we train our children to brush and floss. It will become a habit that they will do automatically since you started it so early.  However, for them to manipulate their big hands into their tiny mouths can be very discouraging. We recommend that you get a floss aid that helps them to floss with ease instead of wrapping it around their fingers.  Flossing once a day will help prevent cavities and keep the gums healthy.