Brushing and Flossing
For children under the age of 3, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends using a smear of fluoride toothpaste with parent supervision. 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 it by encouraging brushing as often as they like. You should still go over their mouth after.
Flossing is a wonderful habit to start early! However, getting their big hands into their tiny mouths can be very discouraging at first. We recommend that you get a floss-aid that helps to floss with ease, instead of wrapping it around their fingers. Flossing once a day will help prevent cavities and keep the gums healthy.