Dental Tips | 23 March, 2021

Teaching Kids How To Brush Their Teeth

It's really important to take care of your child's oral health from an early age. Teaching them how to correctly brush their teeth will help set them up with good oral health habits for life.

Like adults, children need to brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes to help remove plaque and prevent tooth decay. 

How to Brush Your Child's Teeth

Apply the right amount of toothpaste.

The Ministry of Health and NZDA recommend using a smear of fluoride toothpaste for children up to 5 years old and for children 6 years old and over, a pea-sized amount should be used.

Angle the toothbrush 45 degrees.

The toothbrush should be facing towards the gums of the upper or lower teeth.

Move the brush gently back and forth with short, tooth-size strokes.

Continue this technique for the interior, exterior, and chewing surfaces of the teeth.

Place the toothbrush in the vertical position to brush the front teeth.

Make sure to clean the front and back.

Brush the tongue to remove bacteria.

Source: Colgate