When Can Kids Start Brushing Their Teeth?
- We recommend that it occurs before the eruption of baby teeth; You can begin by massaging their gums with gauze or a clean cloth dipped in water.
- As soon as your baby’s teeth have erupted, cleaning them with toothpaste is mandatory.
What toothpaste should I use?
- Children between 6 months and 3 years: brush the teeth a minimum of 2 times a day with a toothpaste of 1000 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride in minimal quantity; this is the size of a “grain of rice.”
- Likewise, for children between 3 and 5 years old: brush their teeth a minimum of twice a day with 1000 ppm fluoride toothpaste in pea amounts.
- Following, from 5 years of age: brush their teeth a minimum of twice a day with a toothpaste of at least 1450ppm and a “pea” size; approximately the width of the brush head.
- Finally, remember that once molars have erupted (between 18-24 months) you must floss between their contact areas, every night.
When is my child ready to start brushing their own teeth?
- It is important to note that until the age of 7-8, children are not skilled enough to perform effective oral hygiene alone, so it is the parent’s or caregiver’s responsibility to supervise and review brushing.
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- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Periodicity of examination, preventive dental services, anticipatory guidance/ counseling, and oral treatment for infants, children, and adolescents. The Reference Manual of Pediatric Dentistry. Chicago, Ill.: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; 2020:232-42.