A project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health

Skip Navigation

Womens Health logo

Subscribe to health news headlines email updates.


Health Headlines

divider line
health day

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.

Return to top