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What advice can be used to improve brushing your child’s teeth? Even though your child will not be able to brush their teeth effectively until around 6 years of age, it is important to immediately begin brushing their teeth as soon as they begin to break the surface of the gums. For the first few years, you will need to brush their teeth for them, but as they begin to grow up, encourage them to practice on their own until you are assured they can do so by themselves safely and effectively.

Listed below are some of the top tooth brushing guidelines for infants and young children:

– Bacteria can easily be passed to your child through brushing apparatuses or other objects that you share with your child, so try to avoid sharing products between uses until they have been cleaned.
– Brushing your child’s teeth should begin as soon as the first tooth breaks above the gum line, which typically occurs between 6-10 months of age.
– The child’s first exam to their pediatrician should occur before they turn 1 years old.
– Your child’s diet is enormously important not only for their oral health but for their physical and mental growth as well.
– For children under 3 years old, use a rice-sized dollop of toothpaste, and for children 3 to 6 years old, use a pea-sized dollop of toothpaste.

To discuss your child’s tooth brushing options with Dr. David A. Browne and the rest of our team at David A. Browne, DDS, PC, simply book an appointment at our pediatric office in McHenry, Illinois. Our number is 815-344-6811, and we look forward to making your child’s smile shine soon!