By the time your child is ready for first grade he should be almost, but not quite ready to brush and floss on his own. Even if he’s pretty much mastered the techniques there is still the risk of ingesting too much fluoride. So until he can remember to spit out the toothpaste and rinse after brushing your child will need your supervision.

Children have more success learning to brush properly if they are using a toothbrush that is the right size for them. Help your child pick out his own toothbrush so that it will be one that he’ll want to use every morning and again at bedtime. Kids toothbrushes are now available in every color scheme under the sun and some are even made to resemble popular action figures or cartoon heroines.

While you’re at it be looking for a toothbrush stand to go with the brush. Toothbrushes should be rinsed with tap water after every use and left in an upright position to stand and dry. It is best that everyone in the family have his own toothbrush holder.

Keep an eye out for signs that your child’s toothbrush is ready to be replaced. When you notice that the bristles are starting to fray, it’s time. And of course your hygienist will include a new toothbrush in the goodie bag she gives your child after every visit with your pediatric dentist.

Dr. Kaelin and her associates at Kaelin Pediatric Dentistry in Parker welcome your questions and encourage parents to bring up any issues that may be causing concern. Call us @ 303-805-8266.