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Diane Bloomfield, MD, attending pediatrician at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in Bronx, New York

Q&A: How To Brush Toddler’s Teeth?

What’s the best way to brush my toddler’s teeth?

Below the age of two, simply use water and a small soft toothbrush twice a day (ideally after breakfast and before bedtime) to clean along the teeth up to the gumline, on top and both inside and outside. If he’s not keen on using a toothbrush, you can also try a clean washcloth.

After age two (or once he learns to spit) you can use a small, pea-size smear of fluoride toothpaste. Trust us — this will be fun. What two-year-old doesn’t love practicing spitting in the sink?

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