This holds true for everyone of all ages. As soon as your child's first primary (baby) tooth starts erupting, usually between 3 and 9 months of age, parents should start brushing their child’s tooth/teeth twice a day. A child toothbrush with a small head and soft bristle is recommended. The use, type and amount of toothpaste required will need to be discussed for each child with their oral health care provider. Even if your child resists the toothbrushing routine, it is crucial to persevere. Once your child's primary (baby) teeth have all erupted, flossing can be added to the daily routine. Various plastic floss holders and devices are available to make this daily process easier. M ost children do n’t dev elo p sufficient manual dexterity until about 8 years of age and it is highly recommended that mums and dads brush the child’ s teeth until that age. By all means let your child have a go first, but then mum or dad should always supplement and finish this process. Always remember to reach back to the molar teeth. Given their position, they are often missed and hence are at a greater risk of developing cavities.
Paediatric Dental Specialist, Dr Sue Taji, Queensland Dental Group for Kids. Contact her on (07) 3839 8000. More About Dr Sue...
"As soon as your child's first baby tooth starts erupting, parents should start brushing their child’s tooth/teeth twice a day"
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