Brushing your child’s teeth daily Is important to remove plaque, which is a soft sticky, almost invisible layer of bacteria that forms on teeth every day. Most dental problems begin with plaque, these two main dental diseases are – tooth decay and gum disease.
Start cleaning teeth as soon as they appear in your child’s mouth (approximately 6 months of age) at first a soft damp cloth may be used to gently wipe the teeth around the gum line. When a few teeth are present, the cloth should be replaced by a tooth brush with a small head and soft bristles.
For children 18 months to 5 years use a small pea-size amount of low fluoride toothpaste and for children 6 years of age, a normal strength toothpaste. The fluoride in toothpaste will help prevent tooth decay. Children should spit, not swallow and not rinse after brushing.
Children should be encouraged to brush their own teeth. However they do not have the skills to use a toothbrush correctly until about 7 or 8 years of age. Therefore, Brush your child’s teeth twice a day, in the morning after breakfast and before going to bed at night.