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What are the best methods to help your child brush their teeth? Depending on their age, they may not be able to brush their teeth for many years. Typically, a child can safely and effectively brush their own teeth when they are around six years of age. Until then, it must be up to the caretaker to ensure their teeth are cleaned on a daily basis.

If your child is under the age of three, you should use an amount of toothpaste roughly equal to the size of a grain of rice. If your child is between the ages of three and six, you should use an amount of toothpaste roughly equal to the size of a pea. The size of their toothbrush is also important, as it should be large enough to reach all areas inside and around their mouths without fail.

A child’s toothbrush should be replaced every 3-4 months, or earlier if necessary. To prolong the effectiveness and life of a toothbrush, always make sure to store it in an aired-out position free of contact of other brushes. Never share a toothbrush with a child as this can introduce new bacteria to their mouths.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Treasured Smiles Children’s Dentistry, Duane C. Clouse, PC, please call our pediatric office in Maricopa, Arizona at 520-316-6111. Dr. Duane C. Clouse and the rest of our team look forward to improving your child’s smile for many years to come!