Quick Tips for Busy Parents: Brush Up On Tooth-Brushing

Brush Up On Your Tooth-Brushing

Brush Up On Your Tooth-Brushing

Brush Up On Tooth-Brushing

Tooth-Brushing is one of the easiest methods of cavity prevention. But which type of toothbrush should your child use?

Manual or powered, both can assist with keeping your child’s smile cavity-free. When choosing a manual toothbrush, look for round-ended (polished) bristles that clean while being gentle on the gums. Choose one specifically designed for children’s smaller hands and mouths. Look for large handles that can help children control the toothbrush.  Be sure to brush your preschooler’s teeth and supervise the brushing and flossing of school-age children until they are 7 to 8 years of age.

The AAPD recommends using only soft-bristled toothbrushes.  Also, remember to throw out a toothbrush after 3 months or sooner if the bristles are fraying. Frayed bristles can harm the gums and are not as effective in cleaning teeth.

Children’s Dental Center welcomes any questions you may have about your child’s dental care.  Feel free to call or stop by any of our offices at any time!

 Ref: “Quick Tips for Busy Parents.”  http://www.mychildrensteeth.org. American Academy Of Pediatrics, Jul 21, 2014.  <http://www.mychildrensteeth.org/education/quicktips/>
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