Step 3–Children: Brush teeth and introduce flossing

Brush-Baby Step 3

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.

Why brush and floss?

Brushing baby teeth removes plaque on teeth and prevents tooth decay. However, food can get caught between children's teeth and flossing will help to remove this, preventing tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. So, introduce flossing when two teeth start to touch.

Brush-Baby's children's toothbrushes have specially designed 'flossing bristles' to help clean both the surface and in-between teeth. Great for kids who don't floss, have gaps, missing or crooked teeth and mixed dentition (a mix of baby and adult teeth).

How to brush and floss

  • Brush teeth twice a day and floss daily. Try brushing your child's teeth standing behind your child. You'll be able to see 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 toothbrushes as this causes cross-infection e.g. with cold virus and the bacteria that cause tooth decay.