Correct Brushing and Flossing Skills for Your Child

Proper brushing technique eliminates plaque build-up from the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. When instructing your child how to correctly brush his or her teeth, demonstrate proper placement of the toothbrush by using a soft-bristled brush and setting it at a 45-degree angle to the teeth. Begin to gently brush along the gum line in a circular motion – then proceed to brush the outer surface of the upper and lower teeth. Repeat this method on the interior surfaces and chewing areas of the teeth.

Pro Tip: Before finishing, brush the tongue! This will help remove bacteria, resulting in both a cleaner mouth and fresher breath!

Should my child floss?

Flossing reduces plaque build-up in between teeth in areas that a toothbrush normally is unable to reach. Practically speaking, introduce your child to flossing once any two teeth begin to touch. We recommend flossing your children’s teeth until they are able to complete the task on their own. Using traditional floss can be a challenge, but incorporating a floss holder can make this a much more pleasant and easy process for your child and you as well.

Pro Tip: Be sure to floss all your child’s teeth, including the surfaces on the back four teeth in your child’s mouth. These can be somewhat difficult to reach and are often missed.