By the age of 3 all the baby teeth are usually present. Young children start to lose their baby teeth and get their adult teeth between 3-6 years of age.
Brushing and flossing
Floss when two teeth touch
Our children's toothbrush, the 'FlossBrush' helps clean between teeth.
Why brush and floss?
Brushing baby teeth removes plaque on teeth and prevents gums disease and tooth decay. However, decay also occurs between children’s teeth so introduce flossing when two teeth start to touch.
How to brush and floss?
- Brush and floss teeth twice a day. At this age it'll be easier to do standing behind your child as you can see what is happening more clearly.
- To introduce flossing gently floss the front teeth first and then gradually include the back teeth over time.
- Remember, young children won't have the co-ordination to floss or brush their teeth so you'll have to do it for them until the age of 6 years.
- Use a children's toothpaste, this means it will have the correct amount of fluoride. Try to use a toothpaste with fluoride and xylitol
- Avoid sharing of toothbrushes as this causes cross-infection e.g. with cold virus and the bacteria that cause tooth decay.