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Toothbrushing timeline: Infant to big kid
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
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