When your child is old enough to start treating their own chompers (3-6 years old), it’s smart to supervise them to make sure they’re learning correctly and not using too much toothpaste. Here are some tips on how you can help your child learn to brush their chompers in the right way, guiding them to a lifetime of awesome oral hygiene and bright smiles.
Make sure that your child uses only a pea-sized dab of toothpaste to scrub their pearly whites; any more than this is too much toothpaste, as they may swallow the excess. Remind your little one not to swallow the toothpaste, but to spit it out after their brushing is over. Have them brush their pearly whites two times daily, ideally before bed and approximately half-an-hour after breakfast. And while learning is helpful, so is patience: continue to brush your child’s teeth for them until you’re positive that they’re doing a detailed job of rinsing away plaque and thwarting tooth decay and gum disease.
At Dr. Derek Takai DDS, Inc., our Honolulu, Hawaii, staff are ready to help you, so schedule your next appointment by calling 808-732-1424 today. They’ll be excited to teach you about starting a lifetime of dental hygiene for your little one.