What are age-appropriate dental tools to use?

Age Appropriate Dental Tools

What are age-appropriate dental tools to use?? Dr Erin follows the.dentistmom on Instagram and always finds great information!

Tools Pictured (Left to Right)

  • 1. Finger brush (or washcloth): to use for oral desensitization, which helps make brushing easier in the future.
  • 2. Silicone brush: to allow your baby to explore the mouth for oral motor-sensory development.
  • 3. Soft bristle toothbrush: to thoroughly remove plaque from teeth and keep the gums healthy.
  • 4. Fluoride toothpaste: to prevent cavaties, especially in children with higher cavity risk.
  • 5. Floss picks: to clean and prevent cavaties between the teeth, where the toothbrush can’t reach.
  • 6. Electric toothbrush: to help remove stain or persistent plaque for mouths where the soft bristle toothbrush is not enough.
  • 7. String floss: to better hug each surface of the tooth during flossing.
  • 8. Mouth rinse: to keep the breath fresh and prevent cavaties (if a fluoride rinse is used).

What Age, What Tool from the.dentistmom on Instagram

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