Daily oral hygiene habits for toddlers, teens and in between

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Good oral health is essential to total health and well-being at any age. Here are some useful tips to help the young people in your family with their daily oral hygiene habits.

Toddlers: Show them how to brush every tooth surface and their tongue with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, and make sure that they spit out the toothpaste when done. Kids can also learn how to clean between their teeth at this age.

Tweens: Encourage tweens to clean between their teeth once a day, in addition to brushing twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste.

Teenagers: Remind your teens to brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash, and clean in between the teeth at least once a day.

And, of course, children of all ages should be encouraged to make healthy food and beverage choices, avoiding sugary snacks and carbonated drinks in particular.

Find more information at www.dentalhygienecanada.ca.