- It’s often convenient to brush with your child lying down, head nearest to you, for example on the changing table.
- 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
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.
- 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.
Brushes for pre-schoolers
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™.
- 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
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.
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Six tips for brushing children’s teeth
- Brush twice a day
Brush once in the morning and once at night before bedtime.
- Use a small and soft brush
The toothbrush should have a small brush head and gentle filaments.
- Apply a little toothpaste
Use the size of the children’s little finger nail.
- Create a habit
Brush the inside, outside and biting surface in the same order to make sure no side is forgotten.
- Remember the gum line
Place the filaments along the teeth and gum line in a 45º angle.
- Be gentle
Brush with a slight pressure using small movements.
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
- 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.
When it’s time to brush yourself …
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
Ask your dentist for advice on the use of toothpaste and fluoride for children. Read more at British Dental Health Foundation