When to start brushing

Start brushing before your baby’s teeth erupt. You can clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. As soon as the teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily with a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush and assist your child’s tooth brushing until at least age 8. Remember that young children do not have the dexterity to brush their teeth effectively. It is more important to brush their teeth to remove food and bacteria than it is to use toothpaste. If you use toothpaste, apply a smear or pea-size amount to minimize their exposure to fluoride.

Brushing Calendar
Infant brushing calendar: English or Spanish
Child brushing calendar: English or Spanish

Watch this video where Dr. Stark explains the importance of brushing

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