How and when to brush your child’s teeth

When brushing your child’s teeth, make sure they thoroughly brush the inside, outside and all chewing surfaces of their teeth.

Your child should brush their teeth for 2 minutes twice a day. Ideally once in the morning and then again just before bedtime.

Food and drinks that contain sugar should be given to your child as rarely as possible. Ideally, you should wait at least 30 minutes after eating to brush your child’s teeth as acid from food and drinks can damage the surface of your child’s teeth.

Changing your child’s toothbrush

You should replace your child’s toothbrush every 3 months and whenever they have been ill.

General tips:

 From birth to the age of 3 years old you can use a small soft toothbrush with a pea sized amount of toothpaste.

From the age of 3 and onwards your child can simply use a standard toothbrush.

Don’t worry! There is no need to buy a specialist children’s toothpaste. The only thing to consider when buying an appropriate toothpaste is the amount of fluoride. Ideally toothpaste should contain from 1000 to 1500 ppm (parts per million) of fluoride.

Working with Cornwall Council, we have created an informative flyer called “Top dental tips for the family”, which is available here to download, share and print

Please visit the Patient Information Zone for even more information about visiting the dentist and looking after your oral health. This sits within our sister service West Country Dental Care and provides very useful guidance for everyone.

Accustom your child to toothbrushing

Try to accustom your baby to toothbrushing as soon as possible. The best way to do so is toothbrushing before or after fun time (ie. playing) and the same applies to your toddler. Make the routine of toothbrushing something fun to do and encourage your child to mirror your toothbrushing behaviour.

Don’t forget to make sure you keep praising your child until they are able to brush their teeth independently, and even then, keep a little eye on them!

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