At Home Cleaning
in Wayland, Michigan
Cleaning your baby’s teeth at home should start as early as possible. Dr. Sexton recommends using a soft infant toothbrush or cloth with water starting at birth. Once you see teeth, start brushing twice a day using a “smear” of fluoridated toothpaste on an age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Use a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste for children 2-5 years old. All children need to brush twice daily for two minutes each time. Please remember young children need your help when brushing! You should also begin flossing your child’s teeth as soon as they have teeth that are touching present. Older children should incorporate flossing daily into their daily routines as soon as they are able to do so.
Q: How often should my children brush their teeth?
A: Your child should brush twice a day for two minutes at each brushing. Most young children need your assistance to properly brush all sides of all their teeth.
Q: What is the best type of toothbrush for my child?
A: For your infants and toddlers, any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head should work well. Recent studies have found that children and adolescents who use talking or singing toothbrushes brush 73 percent longer than with a traditional toothbrush. Brush Buddies Talking toothbrushes offer fun animal character voices that instruct on proper care for two minutes. For older children, brushes that play popular songs from stars like Justin Bieber are available.
The first toothbrush was invented in China in 1498. It was made from boar hairs attached to a bone stick.
The first commercial dental floss was sold in 1892 and was made of silk.
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