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Teach Your Child How to Brush

To be effective, toothbrushing should remove dental plaque from the outer, inner and chewing surfaces as well as the surface of the tongue. You can help your child by directing the sequence of the brushing so that all of these surfaces have been brushed.

The toothbrush should be replaced when the bristles are bent or frayed and it should be a soft bristle brush with the bristle ends rounded. A fluoride toothpaste should be used with only a pea-sized amount of paste on the brush. You will need to monitor the amount of toothpaste used and be sure the paste is not swallowed.

The use of dental floss to remove plaque between the teeth requires more manual dexterity than young children have and should be done for the child.

While plaque removal can be a joint effort, parents should be sure that all teeth have been brushed and all plaque removed.

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