How often should my child brush and floss?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends brushing to start no later than when the first tooth erupts. The bacteria that causes cavities can be found in an infant's mouth long before the first tooth comes in, so it is important to start taking care of the teeth as soon as they erupt.
When should my child start brushing?
The AAPD recommends brushing twice a day and flossing once
Brushing can be hard, especially at first! Even though brushing
may be difficult in the beginning it is important to stay motivated. If you're having a really difficult time, please let us know
at your next visit so we can help with strategies to make
When is my child old enough to brush on his/her own?
Parents should help with brushing until the child is old enough to write on lined paper. The jiggle motion of writing is the same jiggle motion you use to write.
How much time should we spend brushing?
Make sure to spend 2 minutes brushing each morning and right before bed.