All you need to know about… Brushing!

When and how often should my child brush/floss their teeth?

It’s hard getting your child to brush their teeth – there are so many other more important & interesting things for them to do… or so they think. However, you know how important it is that they brush their teeth well, on a regular basis. One question we hear a lot from parents is how often should our children brush and floss, so here’s what we recommend. 

When should they start brushing their teeth?

Teeth should be brushed as soon as they’ve popped up, and the earlier you start them in the habit of brushing, the earlier you can get them accustomed to the routine of cleaning their teeth. Use a pea-sized amount of paste and start off with a soft toothbrush specifically designed for children.

How often should your children brush their teeth?

Children’s teeth should be brushed twice a day, once in the morning and once at night before bed. At least two minutes should be spent brushing, focusing on all the surfaces but especially the back teeth. The reason for this is because it’s a particularly sneaky area where cavities can develop. It’s a good idea to replace your child’s toothbrush around every four months and even sooner if it shows wear & tear before then. 

What about flossing?

You can begin flossing your child’s teeth once a day from when you can see at least a couple of teeth poking out; floss sticks or floss picks might be better rather than string floss. They can use flossing strings once they’re older and floss at least once a day, preferably at night before bed. Some toothbrushes have bi-level or interdental bristles which get in between teeth and help to ensure that all surfaces of the teeth are cleaned. 

If you keep an eye on your children’s brushing routine and make sure it’s kept up, they will have developed healthy habits that will last a lifetime and a full set of healthy, happy teeth.  And rest assured, we’re always here to listen to your concerns or queries regarding your child’s dental health!

Watch our Therapist, Leon Bassi give his top tips!


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