Tips for Parents
In this section we have provided our answers to the most frequently asked questions about oral hygiene for children. Book an appointment with the dentist when your child’s first tooth erupts or by the time your child turns one year old. Our staff will teach you how to instill good oral hygiene habits to prevent early childhood diseases and ensure the proper growth and development of your child.
- How to Brush: Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to where the gums and teeth meet. GENTLY use small circles to clean every surface of every tooth. For the front teeth, use the “toe” or front part of the brush. Be gentle because you can damage the gums by brushing too hard.
- What Kind of Toothbrush: Make sure you use a soft brush with rounded bristles for young children. It should not be too big for their mouth; a properly sized toothbrush should cover 2-3 teeth at a time. Replace the toothbrush every 3-4 months, after sickness, or when the bristles get worn or bent.
- Use of Fluoridated Toothpaste: Toothpaste should only be used when a child has teeth, and fluoridated toothpaste is not generally recommended until children are at least six years old. According to the Canadian Dental Association (CDA), the use of fluoridated toothpaste in children younger than six years old is only recommended for those children at a high risk for developing tooth decay (as diagnosed by a dentist). These children should always have their teeth brushed by an adult and only if the child is capable of spitting, because excessive swallowing of fluoride can lead to dental fluorosis. Children may begin using fluoridated toothpaste with adult supervision once the child is six years old and capable of spitting on their own.