Health Tip: Caring for Kids' Teeth

(HealthDay News) -- While little ones are mastering their tooth-brushing technique, it's important that parents make sure the kids' teeth are properly cleaned.

The American Dental Association offers these suggestions:

  • Parents should start flossing a child's teeth as soon as two neighboring teeth emerge.

  • Make sure your child flosses daily and brushes twice a day.

  • Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for a young child. Make sure the child doesn't swallow the toothpaste afterward.

  • Select a soft-bristled toothbrush for young children, and replace the brush every three-to-four months.

  • Children should be able to brush on their own by age 7.

  • Ask your child's dentist to demonstrate proper brushing and flossing technique. Supervise a child until you're confident the child is getting the job done.

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