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  • Writer's pictureSmiles of Plenty

When do I start brushing my child’s teeth?

This is a common question many parents ask. You should start cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they appear in the mouth 👶

Starting with a soft cloth and wiping off any soft build up of plaque and eventually introducing a small soft toothbrush.

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At 18 months you can start using a small pea sized amount of age appropriate fluoride toothpaste. It is important to encourage your child to spit but not rinse afterwards 💦

Brushing twice a day and using a 2 minute timer encourages healthy life long habits. Generally a child needs their parent to brush for them twice a day until they are able to independently tie their shoelaces; as they have not developed enough dexterity to brush effectively. Even after they are able to brush independently, supervision may still be necessary 😜


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