Brushing and Flossing

It can be difficult to help your child conceptualize how important it is to keep up good oral hygiene—the notion of protecting your teeth 40 years down the line just doesn’t make as much sense when your whole life has been only 5 years long. Here at Childrens’ Dentistry of Stuart, your local children's dentist in Jenson Beach, FL, we understand that it can be hard to teach your kids the importance of brushing and flossing, so we have developed time-tested methods to help you with this task. Check out this guide by your Jenson Beach, FL kids dentist, on how to brush and floss with your child and take the steps to prepare your child for a lifetime of good oral hygiene!

How To Brush and Floss For 3 and Under

As a pediatric dentist, we get a lot of questions about whether it is safe to brush your infant’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste. Our recommendation is to avoid fluoride toothpaste until your child turns 3, and to simply brush with a child’s brush and water until then. There is no minimum age for flossing, so feel free to help your child become familiar with flossing as early as you like.

How To Teach Your Child To Brush

Once your child turns 3 it is time to start teaching them to brush for themselves. You may start by administering a pea sized dollop of fluoride toothpaste to their toothbrush, and be sure to supervise their brushing to make sure that they rinse their mouth out well. Here’s the brushing methods that your child should use:

  • Hold a soft bristled brush at a 45 degree angle and brush in small circles to reach past the gum line
  • Brush back and forth on the chewing surfaces of the teeth, both on the top and bottom
  • Continue to use small circular motions to brush the sides of your teeth
  • Brush the tongue and roof of the mouth and end by rinsing out the mouth with water

How To Make Brushing and Flossing Fun

The best way to ensure that your child develops good oral hygiene habits is to make sure brushing isn’t just another chore, but an event to get excited about. Lead by example and brush with your kids to show them that it is important to you as well. Try putting on a two minute song and having a mini dance party, or use one of the many brushing apps that can help make brushing exciting and educational for your kids. Whatever you do, make sure they brush twice a day for two minutes and floss as well!

Visit Your Jenson Beach, FL Kids Dentist!

Bring your child to the dentist to show them that there is a reason to brush! Here at Children’s Dentistry of Stuart, we will provide surprises and an exciting atmosphere so you child can look forward to practicing good oral hygiene. Contact your local pediatric dentistry in Jenson Beach, FL to find out more or schedule an appointment!