Children's Dental Care – how to brush

Establishing good oral hygiene routines at a young age is the first step towards healthy teeth, throughout life. Children need help and supervision to brush from the first tooth until the age of 10-12. A small child does not have the manual skills to brush properly and is not able to understand the consequences of not brushing correctly.

Babies

  • It’s often convenient to brush with your child lying down, head nearest to you, for example on the changing table.
A good advice about how to brush your children's teeth
This position gives you control over the baby’s head and mouth, while he or she can still move freely.
  • Closeness and eye contact make the child feel secure.
  • While brushing, use your finger to hold out the lip and cheek to see and reach better.

Brushes for babies

TePe Mini™

With TePe Mini™ it’s easy to start brushing from the very first tooth. It’s recommended for children from 0 to 3 – 4 years of age.

Pre-schoolers

  • The slightly older child can sit in your lap, leaning the head on your arm.
  • Brush with short movements and be sure that the filaments reach the gum line area.
  • Always brush in the same order, for example the inside, the outside and biting surfaces of the teeth, to make sure no tooth surface is forgotten.
  • To reach all surfaces, it helps to hold out the cheek and lip with your finger. 

A firm but still gentle grip will make brushing easier.

Brushes for pre-schoolers

TePe Kids™

After 3-4 years of age, you could change to a toothbrush with a slightly bigger brush head, like TePe Select Compact™. This brush is also available with nice prints, ask for TePe Kids™.

School children

  • Supervise and help your child to brush until the age of 10-12. Brush with small movements and be sure that the filaments reach the gumline.
  • Always brush in the same order, for example the inside, the outside and biting surfaces of the teeth, to make sure no surface is forgotten.
  • Give some extra attention to the new molars which emerge behind the last milk teeth. Their biting surfaces are irregular and extra sensitive to cavities.

Brushes for school children

TePe Compact Tuft™

Use a special brush, for example TePe Compact Tuft™, as a complement to the regular toothbrush like TePe Select Compact™

Where to buy

TePe products are available from Dental Practices, Pharmacies, Online and from a number of retailers.

Where to buy our products

Information material

Download our leaflet Dental care in children.

Six tips for brushing children’s teeth

Brush booth teeth and gum
  1. Brush twice a day
    Brush once in the morning and once at night before bedtime.
  2. Use a small and soft brush
    The toothbrush should have a small brush head and gentle filaments.
  3. Apply a little toothpaste
    Use the size of the children’s little finger nail.
  4. Create a habit
    Brush the inside, outside and biting surface in the same order to make sure no side is forgotten.
  5. Remember the gum line
    Place the filaments along the teeth and gum line in a 45º angle.
  6. Be gentle
    Brush with a slight pressure using small movements. 

Toothbrushing should be fun

Toothbrushing should be fun

All children sometimes refuse to brush their teeth. Here are some tricks for a smoother ride.

  • Let your baby play with a toy for distraction.
  • Use a song or a story to create a positive atmosphere around toothbrushing.
  • Change environment and brush in the bed or the sofa.

Give the teeth time to recover

Between the brushing
  • Every time your child eats or drinks, bacteria starts producing acids that corrode the teeth. 
  • After about half an hour the saliva has helped neutralise the acids.
  • Let the teeth rest avoid eating between meals. If your child is thirsty between meals or at night time, serve water.
  • Always go to bed with clean teeth. During the night, there is less saliva in the mouth, which makes the teeth more vulnerable to cavities.

Regular eating gives your teeth a chance to recover
Sticking to regular mealtimes gives the teeth chance to recover (the image to the left). Frequent snacking causes numerous acid attacks, making it easier for cavities to develop (the image to the right).

When it’s time to brush yourself …

TePe Select™

At 10-12 years of age, it’s time for your child to use the brush but it's of course possible to start to practice earlier.

  • In the beginning, your child may have to brush under your supervision.
  • From the age of 12, TePe Select™ is a good choice of toothbrush. It’s also available with illustrations, ask for TePe Graphic™.

… and clean between your teeth.

  • Cleaning between the teeth is usually not recommended until all the permanent teeth have emerged completely.
  • If your dentist or hygienist have advised you to start cleaning between the teeth earlier than that, you should of course follow their recommendation.

How to clean between your teeth

Want more?

British Dental Health Foundation

Ask your dentist for advice on the use of toothpaste and fluoride for children. Read more at British Dental Health Foundation