Brushing Your Child's Teeth

While brushing the outside surfaces of your child’s teeth, position the brush at a 45-degree angle where their gums and teeth meet. Gently move the brush in a circular motion several times using small, gentle strokes. Use light pressure while putting the bristles between the teeth, but not so much pressure that they feel any discomfort.

When you are done cleaning the outside surfaces of all their teeth, follow the same directions while cleaning the inside of the back teeth.

To clean the inside surfaces of the upper and lower front teeth, hold the brush vertically. Make several gentle back-and-forth strokes over each tooth. Don't forget to gently brush the surrounding gum tissue.

Next you will clean the biting surfaces of your child’s teeth by using short, gentle strokes. Change the position of the brush as often as necessary to reach and clean all surfaces. After you are done, rinse your child’s mouth to remove any plaque you might have loosened while brushing.

If your child has any pain while brushing or if you have any questions about how to brush properly, please be sure to call the office.



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