Brighten up y...

Brighten up your child’s smile

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by Andrea Howick

We all want our kids to have that pearly white smile. The question is…when and how much should we be brushing our kids teeth?

The American Academy of Pediatrics wants to help out by offering tips on when and how much should we be brushing our children’s teeth because they know it can be overwhelming.

Here are some simple helpful tips:

Always consult with your family dentist and make regular appointments to ensure the best methods for your child.

Good dental habits begin when their first tooth appears! After they have been fed, gently brush your baby’s gums using water on a small toothbrush or a clean washcloth.

Start flossing as soon as your child’s teeth are in contact with one another (usually around two or three years old)

Brush your toddlers teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush.

Around the age of two, encourage your kids to brush their own teeth, but make sure you follow up with them. Don’t forget to have fun with it!