Tips for ages 18 Months - 2 Years

Be sure to brush at least once a day, best at bedtime. Adding a second brush time after breakfast is even better.

Don’t rush the brush. A brushing should take at least 3 minutes.

A pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste is all your child needs.

Use a soft-bristled brush and gently brush the teeth. Brushing too hard can cause gum damage. Be sure it is the right size (generally smaller is better than larger).

Tilt the bristles (at a 45-degree angle) to the teeth. Slide the tips of the brush under the gums. Jiggle the bristles gently so that plaque growing under the gum is removed.

Be sure to brush all sides of the teeth -- the outside, the tongue side, and the chewing surfaces. For the front teeth, brush the inside surfaces of the upper and lower jaws. Tilt the brush and make many up and down strokes. The front part of the brush should go over the teeth and gum.

The toothbrush will only clean one or two teeth at a time. Change its position to best clean each tooth.

Replace the brush when the bristles begin to spread. A worn out toothbrush will not properly clean your child’s teeth.

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