Brushing Tips

Welcome to Jordan Creek Pediatric Dentistry's Guide to Pediatric Brushing!

Good oral hygiene starts early, and at Jordan Creek Pediatric Dentistry, we're passionate about teaching kids the right way to brush. Pediatric brushing is not just about keeping cavities at bay; it's about instilling habits that will last a lifetime.

Why Early Brushing Matters:

Early dental care sets the stage for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Children who learn to brush properly from a young age are more likely to continue good oral habits into adulthood. Starting early also helps prevent a range of dental issues, including cavities and gum disease.

The Right Age to Start Brushing:

  • Infants: Begin cleaning your baby’s gums with a soft, damp cloth after feedings, even before the first tooth appears.
  • First Tooth: Once the first tooth emerges, usually around six months, start brushing with a soft, small-bristled brush and a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste.

Choosing the Right Tools:

  • Toothbrush: Use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush designed for children. Replace it every three months or sooner if it looks worn.
  • Toothpaste: For children under three, use a rice grain-sized smear of fluoride toothpaste. For children 1-3 years old, use a pea-sized amount.

Brushing Technique for Kids:

  • Amount of Toothpaste: Use only a small amount of toothpaste, as children tend to swallow it.
  • Brushing Time: Brush for two minutes, twice a day. Use a timer or a song to make it fun and ensure they brush for the full duration.
  • Technique: Teach your child to use gentle, circular motions. Make sure they brush all surfaces of their teeth, including the back molars and the gumline.

Making Brushing Fun:

Turn brushing into a fun activity:

  • Use brushes with their favorite characters.
  • Sing songs or play a video during brushing time.
  • Reward them with a sticker chart for consistent brushing.

Parental Supervision:

Children often lack the coordination to brush effectively on their own. Parents should supervise and assist with brushing until the child demonstrates the ability to do it properly, usually around age 7 to 8.

Regular Dental Checkups:

Alongside good brushing habits, regular dental checkups are crucial. These visits allow us to monitor your child’s oral health, provide professional cleanings, and offer additional tips for home care.

Empower Your Child:

Teach your child the importance of brushing, not just as a daily routine but as a critical part of their overall health. Encourage their independence by letting them choose their toothbrush and toothpaste.

At Jordan Creek Pediatric Dentistry, we're committed to guiding families through every step of their oral health journey. Remember, a bright smile begins with the basics of good brushing, and we're here to help your child achieve just that.

Contact us today for more tips on pediatric brushing or to schedule your child's next dental checkup.

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