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When your child becomes old enough to start treating their own teeth (3-6 years old), it’s important to watch over them to make sure they’re learning correctly and not using excessive amounts of toothpaste. Here are a few suggestions on how you can help your child learn to brush their teeth in the right way, guiding them to a lifetime of good oral hygiene and bright smiles.

Your child should use only a pea-sized dab of toothpaste to scrub their chompers; any more than this is too much toothpaste, as they may swallow the excess. Remind them not to swallow the toothpaste, but to spit it out once their brushing is complete. Have them brush their pearly whites twice daily, hopefully before bed and around fifteen minutes after breakfast. And while learning is good, so is patience: continue to brush your child’s teeth for them until you’re sure that they’re doing a thorough job of washing away plaque and thwarting tooth breakdown and periodontal disease.

At Eudoro Vallejo, Dr. Eudoro Vallejo and their Hackensack, New Jersey, team are eager to help you, so pencil in your next visit by calling 201-457-9595 now. They’ll be thrilled to teach you about starting a lifetime of oral hygiene for your little one.