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Back To School

Back to School

As we get closer to September we would like to remind you of several Back To School tips

Dental hygiene should begin when your child is a baby. Start by using a soft child-size toothbrush around the age of 1 or 2. You should brush your child’s teeth with water at least twice a day. Start by using a non-fluoride toothpaste until your child is old enough to spit out the toothpaste, by then you can switch to one that has fluoride. Only use a small amount. Teach your child to spread it among their teeth, gums, and tongue in a circular motion.

Your child likely will need help brushing their teeth until they are 7 or 8 years old. Around this time, they can start using a larger sized toothbrush. Children should brush their teeth for 2 minutes twice a day. Flossing is another key part of your child’s oral care routine. Teach your child to floss at least once a day. You can buy floss that comes on a handle to make it easier.


Help make brushing fun with these tips:

  • Let children help choose their own toothbrush. They can pick one that has a favorite color or character.
  • Let children help choose toothpaste, picking their favorite flavor.
  • Read books, watch videos, or even do creative projects to visualize what food and stains is removed from surfaces.
  • Use a timer to make sure kids brush their teeth for 2 minutes, playing their favorite song will also keep track of time and make it fun!
  • Reward children for good oral care. Create a calendar placing stars every time they brush, reaching the goal of 2 stars per day.
  • Do not give them unhealthy food or sugary treats. Offer them healthy snacks.
  • Once your child has brushed their teeth and ready for bedtime – avoid juice, milk or any beverage to the exception of water.
  • Plan a fun activity following your child’s dentist visit.


In our office we have all specialists available for all your dental needs.

And the most important step – schedule regular dental checkups! You should come to see your hygienist at least twice a year and or 3 times a year depending on your periodontal conditions.

Very Truly Yours,

Carolina T. of Smiles on the Hudson dental practice in Edgewater, New Jersey

Carolina Toro, RDH

your dental hygienist at Smiles on the Hudson

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