1. Clean or brush a young child’s teeth twice daily.
2. Begin wiping the gums of even a very small infant with a soft washcloth or soft toothbrush, even prior to tooth eruption, to establish a daily oral hygiene
3. Toothbrushes for infants and toddlers should be soft with a small head and a large handle.
4. Toothbrushing should be supervised until the child can reliably rinse and spit out excess toothpaste (usually 6 years of age). Younger children do not have the hand
coordination necessary for independent toothbrushing.
5. Electric toothbrushes are useful when the child has limited movement. They do the work for you, they position well, and the small head can help limit the amount of toothpaste to what is appropriate for children.
6. All accessible surfaces of each tooth need to be brushed.
7. Do not allow your child to swallow toothpaste.