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Cleaning Teeth at Home
When your child’s teeth first come in, you should clean them with a soft toothbrush. At 3 or 4 years of age, your child should be able to learn to brush on his or her own with your help. By 8 years of age, your child will probably no longer need your help. It is important that your child make brushing a habit, as this limits tooth decay and helps prevent cavities.
How to clean your teeth – take 2 minutes to do it properly.
1. Floss gently before brushing.
2. Use a hand or electric toothbrush with soft nylon bristles.
Clean the outer and inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth. Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline.
Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes. For fresher breath brush your tongue too.
3. Replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear or about every 3 months.
4. Use a flouride toothpaste.