How to teach young children proper oral hygiene

Teach children proper dental hygiene is an important part of their development as healthy adults. Brushing, flossing and mouthwash help prevent tooth decay, disease and tooth loss. Parents should encourage oral health by demonstration and example; family brushing together, smiling together.


Basic baby

  1. Wash your baby’s teeth twice a day with a towel or gauze pad as soon as they appear in your mouth. The enamel on baby teeth is much thinner than that of an adult, and the continuous washing prevent caries. Use water (up to 2 years) or a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. This will not only clean teeth, will also provide a sense of relief in the gums, which are inflamed during the process in which children change the dentin.
  2. Use dental floss when teeth begin to touch each other. This will prevent bacteria trapped in between teeth.
  3. “The American Dental Association” recommends that children attend the dentist after its first year. This allows professionals to control problems and evaluate oral hygiene practiced so far.

Between 3 to 7 years

  1. Children older than 3 years should begin to brush their own teeth, using a soft brush. Teach them to brush with soft circular motions, make it rinse well with water and spit. They must be supervised by their parents until 6 or 7 years. Children love to imitate adults, so, brushing at this age can be a family activity in which parents show proper techniques to do so.
  2. Children should start flossing alone at 3 years old.
  3. Replace the brushes every 6 or 12 months by one according to the child’s age. Choose small brush head and bristles half.

Attacks plate

  1. Occasionally monitors the effectiveness of oral hygiene of your children with an “attack on the plaque.” Plaque is a white substance that develops when the bacteria and saliva mixed with food clings to teeth and form cavities. To see how much there after brushing plate, mix in a paper cup 3 or 4 drops of edible red dye and two tablespoons of water. Become a mouthful of 10 seconds and spit it into the sink without rinsing your mouth. Use a normal or increased mirror to find the red dots plate. Brush again to rinse the dye and make it more carefully in the area where the initial brushing cannot remove plaque.
  2. After 7 years, direct supervision is not required, but parents should control their children brush their teeth daily to ensure that bad habits have not started.
  3. Visits to the dentist every 6 months should be a family priority, and thus control the health of teeth and gums.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always replace the brush after diseases such as colds or sore throats.
  • Avoid sugar, especially sticky foods. Replace them with fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Encourages the habit of drinking water.
  • Chew sugarless gum if you cannot brush after eating. This will stimulate saliva and food debris remove any remaining on your teeth.
  • Toothaches or teeth indicate problems that must be addressed by a dentist.