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The Do's And Don'ts Of Brushing For Kids

Posted on 1/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Family of three brushing teeth after making an appointment at Great Grins for KIDS - Portland in Portland, OREven though nine out of 10 kids will experience tooth day by the time they are adults, many kids don't develop good brushing habits. However, it is these habits that can make or break your child's dental health. If you have children, you need to ensure they are brushing and flossing properly and regularly. Regular dental care means that your children are on a path toward good dental health that will last them the rest of their lives. Here are some do's and don'ts for teaching your kids good dental hygiene.


Make sure your child has toothpaste and a toothbrush that they like. Allow your kids to pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste because they will be more likely to brush. Also, teach your child to brush for two minutes, because that's the amount of time it takes to get all of your teeth brushed properly. Be sure they are brushing with circles, and they are brushing gently. Get them kid-sized flossers to help them floss their teeth properly as well.


Don't allow your young children to use too much fluoride toothpaste. Instead, have them put a small dollop of toothpaste onto their toothbrushes- about the size of a pencil eraser. Also, make sure they are not brushing their teeth too hard because they might wear away their tooth enamel, which can lead to cavities.

Don't forget to have your child brush their tongue as well. Many kids love brushing their tongues because it gives them a funny, tickly feeling. Their mouths will stay cleaner if they brush their tongues as well. That way, when they finish with their tongue-brushing, their whole mouth will be healthy and free of built-up bacteria.

If you aren't sure, you are teaching your children correctly, you should ask for help from your dentist. That way, you know your children's teeth and gums will be better protected from tooth decay and gum disease.

My daughter was a little nervous to have her dental work done but everyone in the office was super friendly and very reassuring and that helped her nervousness go away. Thanks for the excellent dental experience. ~ Lilyana G.

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