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Brushing a Child's Teeth
When your child's first teeth come in, start cleaning them with a soft cloth or gauze pad. As more teeth come in, clean teeth with a soft toothbrush. Because too much fluoride can be toxic and can stain a child's teeth, ask your doctor or dentist if it's okay to use fluoride toothpaste.
Brush your child's teeth twice a day. When your doctor or dentist says it's okay, use a dab of fluoride toothpaste about the size of a green pea. Brush your child's teeth from behind.
- Kneel down behind your child and have him or her stand between your knees, facing away from you.
- With one hand, gently press your child's head against your chest.
- With the other hand, brush his or her teeth. You may also push away the upper and lower lips to make it easier to get to the teeth.
- Pay special attention to where the teeth meet the gums.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry|
|Last Revised||January 7, 2013|
|By:||Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: January 7, 2013|
|Medical Review:||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
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