Based on the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) only 55-60% of children brush two or more times a day. That means about a half of children out there don’t have proper brushing habits – brushing only once a day or not at all.
Also, only 20-26% brush for 2 minutes! Proper brushing occurs two times a day for two minutes.
2 FOR 2 IS WHAT WE DO!!!
We try to go to as many schools and as many classes as we can to teach children when and how to brush. Many can now recite our handy slogan “2 FOR 2 IS WHAT WE DO”.
Here are a few other common things we get asked about:
- Tooth brushing with an age appropriate tooth brush should start with the eruption of the first tooth.
- Usually it is also recommended to start using a rice grain size or a smear of fluoride toothpaste at this time as well. This is definitely something to discuss with your dentist at your child’s first visit.
- We recommend brushing after breakfast and last thing at night.
- For children that can cough or spit phlegm, a pea size amount of fluoridated toothpaste can be used.
- Parents should always assist/brush their children’s teeth for them until about age 8 or when they can tie their shoelaces. The best way to know if they are ready to brush on their own is to watch them brush, watch their coordination and if they are actually getting to all the tooth surfaces.
It is important to be mindful of our children’s dental health from an early age and we hope these proper brushing practises have been helpful to you. A check up as early as the age of one is recommended – click here to schedule your child’s very first appointment with us!