When to Start Brushing Your Child's Teeth
Did you know you can begin implementing an oral hygiene routine a few days after birth? Use a clean, wet gauze or washcloth to gently wipe your infant's gums after feedings. As soon as your child's first tooth erupts, it's time to begin brushing with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day. Continue brushing your child's teeth until you're confident that they can brush on their own. Every child develops at their own pace and is ready at a different age; however, most can brush when they enter preschool. At that time, supervise toothbrushing time — making sure they use the right amount of toothpaste, reminding them not to swallow the toothpaste, and following up by brushing any places they might have missed.