When your child's first teeth come in, start cleaning them with a soft cloth or gauze pad. As more teeth come in, clean teeth with a soft toothbrush. Because too much fluoride can be toxic and can stain a child's teeth, ask your doctor or dentist if it's okay to use fluoride toothpaste.
Brush your child's teeth twice a day. When your doctor or dentist says it's okay, use a
dab of fluoride toothpaste about the size of a green pea. Brush your child's teeth from behind.
Kneel down behind your child and have him or her
stand between your knees, facing away from you.
With one hand,
gently press your child's head against your chest.
With the other
hand, brush his or her teeth. You may also push away the upper and lower lips
to make it easier to get to the teeth.
Pay special attention to
where the teeth meet the gums.
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