The best way to develop healthy dental habits is to start them early. Even as infants, parents and caregivers should be brushing the child’s gums with a washcloth or soft-bristled brush and warm water. Once most of your child’s teeth have come in — around two years of age — you can begin using toothpaste. Brush in small circles, counter-clockwise, using only a smear of toothpaste. (We encourage non-fluoridated toothpaste for children under two or children who can’t spit. After that, it’s your call.)
As children get older, they can begin taking more control over their dental health and hygiene. Children under ten will still need some guidance, and regardless of age, parents should be inspecting afterwards; following in their footsteps or letting them follow in yours.
Click here for a guide from the Ad Council with tips to keep mouths healthy.