Brushing Kids' Teeth

Published Online: Tuesday, July 1, 2003

Experts suggest that if children are too young to brush on their own, it may be easier for a parent to cradle a child?s head in 1 arm while keeping the other hand free to brush. Also, a new toothbrush technology that has had a positive impression on kids brushing is powered toothbrushes. If using powered toothbrushes, experts recommend adult supervision for children under the age of 4. The following are steps for brushing, whether the parent or child does it:

? Place the toothbrush alongside the teeth; the bristles should be at a 45? angle to the gum line
? Gently move the brush in a small circular motion, cleaning 1 tooth at a time
? Brush the tongue lightly to remove bacteria and to keep the breath smelling good
? Have the child rinse with water

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