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Tooth Brushing Technique

Brushing the teeth removes plaque from the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of the teeth.

  1. Hold the toothbrush beside the teeth, with bristle tips at a 45-degree angle against the gum line.

  2. Move the brush back and forth with short (half a tooth wide) strokes several times, in a gentle scrubbing motion. Brush the outer and inner surfaces of all teeth in this manner.

  3. Chewing surfaces should also be brushed vertically and make several up and down strokes with the front part of the brush. Brush gently with very short strokes and enough pressure so that the bristles are felt against the gums.


Begin by flossing your child’s teeth at about age 2 or as soon as their teeth begin to touch. By age 8, a child can usually floss alone. A dentist should be consulted on proper techniques to flossing. Incorrect flossing can harm gums.

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