We recommend a gentle, short, back and forth motion to remove plaque and clean their teeth. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle towards the teeth and gums and move it back and forth in short strokes, about a half tooth wide. Be sure to brush the inside and outside surfaces of each tooth, as well as the top and bottom. For the chewing surfaces, hold the brush flat and brush gently. Finally, clean the tongue to remove debris. Don't forget to floss between teeth daily to remove plaque and food particles.
As soon as your child's first teeth begin to erupt, start cleaning them with a moist washcloth. Gradually transition to a soft child's toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Keep in mind that too much fluoride can stain your child's teeth, so use only a small amount until they are able to spit it out.
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Creating a routine and sticking to it can help make tooth brushing a fun and familiar activity for your child. Set aside time each day to brush and floss and try to keep the routine consistent. With the right tools and techniques, you can help your child build a healthy oral hygiene routine that will last a lifetime.
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