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Toothbrushing timeline: Infant to big kid

Toothbrushing timeline: Infant to big kid


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Toothbrushing timeline: Infant to big kid

INFANT

Even though your baby doesn't have teeth yet, use a soft, wet washcloth to gently wipe his gums every day. No need for toothpaste.

AROUND 4 TO 7 MONTHS

First teeth start to appear! Brush twice a day using a tiny amount (the size of a grain of rice) of fluoridated toothpaste. No need to rinse or floss.

By age 1, or within 6 months of your baby's first tooth, it's time to visit the dentist.

As soon as two teeth are touching, start flossing your child's teeth once a day.

AROUND 12 TO 26 MONTHS

Continue brushing your child's teeth twice a day. If your toddler shows interest in brushing his own teeth, let him take the lead. You'll want to supervise, and get any spots he missed.

AROUND 3 YEARS OLD

Start using a pea-size amount of fluoridated toothpaste. If your child doesn't like the taste of one toothpaste, try a different flavor. Once you think your child is ready, start teaching her how to rinse and spit.

AROUND 6 TO 8 YEARS OLD

Most children can start brushing and flossing their teeth on their own. Continue supervising your child's brushing and flossing, and lead by example!

AROUND 10 YEARS OLD

Toothbrushing independence!

Hooray!

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Watch the video: Tooth Brushing Song by Blippi. 2-Minutes Brush Your Teeth for Kids (May 2022).