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Q&A: How to Brush Toddler’s Teeth?

What’s the best way to brush my toddler’s teeth?
ByDiane Bloomfield, MD, attending pediatrician at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in Bronx, New York
Pediatrician
Updated
May 16, 2017
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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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