You can start brushing your child’s teeth when the first baby tooth appear in his mouth
Use a smear sized amount of age appropriate fluoride toothpaste onto a soft children’s toothbrush under 3 years, and a pea-sized amount for children between 3-8 years old. Fluoride in the right amount is safe and effective in preventing and controlling tooth decay; and fluoride toothpaste is recommended twice daily.
Angle the bristles of the toothbrush towards the gum. Move the brush in gentle circles to clean the outer sides of the teeth and gums.
The best way to brush your child’s teeth is in a circular motion with a soft toothbrush of age-appropriate size and all surfaces of all teeth should be brushed to help removing food and reduce bacteria plaque levels.
Your child can start brushing their own teeth when they can hold a brush well. However, this does not mean that they will brush well and there is no specific age when a child will do this. Supervision and assistance is needed for all children and can in some instances, continue into adolescence.
Brush your child’s teeth twice a day – in the morning and just before bed. Spend 2 minutes brushing, concentrating a good portion of this time on the back molars. This is an area where cavities often first develop.
Replace the toothbrush every 3 or 4 months, or sooner if it shows signs of wear. Never share a toothbrush with others.
Start flossing your child’s teeth once a day as soon as two teeth emerge that touch. The use of floss sticks or picks instead of regular string floss may be easier for both you and your child.
Remember that the best way to teach children how to brush their teeth is to lead by example.
From the age of 7 – 8 years your child can start brushing and flossing on their own.