Toothbrushing Made Easy

When and how should you brush your child's teeth? The Supernanny team brings you the brushing basics plus tips for a reluctant toothbrusher.

Tooth decay occurs faster in children than adults, so it is vital to establish a healthy toothbrushing routine for your child as early as possible.


You should start brushing when the first tooth begins to show. Baby teeth usually appear at around six months, and all baby teeth should be visible by two years of age. Your child’s first adult teeth appear behind the baby teeth at about six, and the first baby teeth will start to fall around the same time.


Use a soft-bristled children’s brush with a pea-sized smear of toothpaste and brush gently but thoroughly, ensuring all teeth are covered. Your child should brush their own teeth, but brush again after they’ve finished to make sure the back teeth are cleaned. A good tip is to cradle your child’s head and brush their teeth from behind – it may help you to reach the top and bottom rows.

How often?

Your child should brush their teeth twice a day. The morning brush can be before or after breakfast, but tooth brushing should always be the last thing a child does before bed. This also helps them develop a routine – brushing teeth becomes associated with bedtime.

Tips for a reluctant brusher

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