How to Brush Your Teeth

At Children’s Dental Fun Zone of West Covina, Los Angeles, Montebello, Eagle Rock, and Fontana, we specialize in teaching proper oral hygiene. The pediatric dentists in all of our offices always emphasize the importance of brushing. They believe that extra care must be given to young teeth, and children should be taught early on about how to keep their teeth clean and healthy. As soon as the child is seen to have the appropriate motor skills for brushing his own teeth, teaching him the proper way to do so and allowing him to do it by himself will give him an important lesson in good oral hygiene.

What type of toothbrush should I buy for my child?

Your child’s dentist in our West Covina or Los Angeles office has the following advice about choosing an appropriate toothbrush: Choose a toothbrush that is proportional to the size of the child’s mouth, with soft bristles, and one that they can easily hold in their hand. This will give him a firm grip on the toothbrush and allow him to clean his teeth effectively. Soaking the toothbrush in warm water before brushing can help soften the bristles and make it more gentle to use. Some children prefer using an electrical or self spinning toothbrush. As long as the brushing is done effectively, this can be a great option.

How much toothpaste do I need to use?

The pediatric dentists at Children’s Dental Fun Zone of Montebello and Eagle Rock have the following recommendations about the use of toothpaste: Use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for children. Fluoride is a mineral that helps protect and strengthen the child’s teeth against cavities. Proper brushing habits, with a small amount of fluoride, will give your child extra protection, especially for young and developing teeth. Be sure that your child does not swallow large amounts of fluoride toothpaste after brushing, by always using small amounts and rinsing out their mouth after brushing.

How many times a day do children need to brush and for how long?

The children’s dentists in our Fontana office, as well as all of our other offices emphasize that children should brush two times a day, once in the morning and once at night. Before going to sleep, the last thing they should do is brush their teeth. If they have anything to eat or drink, other than water, after they brush, they have to brush again.

Teach your child to brush their teeth properly is important so that they can develop healthy brushing habits early on. Here are some recommendations:

  • Teach them to use small circular motions when brushing, always making sure that the bristles of the toothbrush are gliding against the gums.
  • Brush on the front and back, the top, and all the sides of each tooth;
  • Start with the back teeth first and then gradually move to the teeth at the sides and front of the mouth;
  •  Make sure to brush the areas where the teeth and gums meet;
  • Tell the child to take his time while brushing and spend at least two minutes brushing their teeth to make sure they’re cleaned well;
  • Gently show them how to brush their tongue and the roof of the mouth;
  • After brushing, spit out any toothpaste left in the mouth
  • Teach them how to clean their toothbrushes and place it somewhere clean to dry.
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