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How Many Times per Day Should Kids Brush Their Teeth?

A young boy smiles facing the camera, a toothbrush poised to brush his teeth.Kids have different health needs. They have a higher metabolism than adults, reaching 1.5 to 2 times higher. As a result, it makes sense to consider those needs when planning meals, daily activities, or even bedtime routines. Additionally, kids' activity level potential is lower than adults', which means that little ones tend to get tired more rapidly despite their high-energy metabolism. 

The bottom line: You can't compare kids' physical health with adults' health. Their bodies can't sustain the same calories consumption or even the same exposure to medication as adults. But what does it mean in terms of kids' oral health? Indeed, do the physical and biological differences between a child's and an adult's body also affect teeth brushing routines? This article will cover brushing frequency for children.

Teeth Brushing: How Long and How Often?

Kids often complain they don’t have time to brush their teeth. They’re too busy playing outside or building lego castles. In reality, dentists recommend introducing babies and toddlers to an oral hygiene routine as soon as teeth appear. Rubbing a finger or a soft brush on their gums can help create a positive kids’ oral health habit. The American Dental Association states that everybody, kids and adults, should aim to brush their teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time. The ADA recommends using a small amount of toothpaste for younger kids and adequate toothbrushes for their small mouths. 

Can Kids Brush Their Teeth More Often?

Diligence and teeth brushing go hand-in-hand. Yet, being over-zealous can have harmful consequences. Dentists warn against overbrushing, which can occur when kids brush their teeth for too long, too frequently during the day, or by putting too much pressure on the toothbrush. Overbrushing can damage gums, leading to gum recession, swelling, and bleeding. Therefore, it’s essential to teach your kid the right teeth brushing habits from the start. 

Can Kids Brush Their Teeth Less Often?

Underbrushing is equally damaging for kids’ oral health. Small particles of food can get lodged between teeth, causing cavities. Additionally, plaque can accumulate rapidly, causing bad breath within a day. While parents argue that kids do not have permanent teeth, it’s no excuse to learn bad habits. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20% of kids aged 5 to 11 have at least one untreated cavity. This can lead to difficulties eating and speaking, pain, and missed school. Additionally, underbrushing can facilitate gum disease, where plaque builds up near the gum line. 

Good Kids’ Oral Health Habits

Teaching your child to brush their teeth starts at a young age. Little ones need help while brushing their teeth as they learn the proper motions with the brush. Making teeth brushing a family routine can encourage kids to develop positive habits from the start. 

Additionally, dentists recommend encouraging children to floss once a day. Flossing can be tricky for younger kids, as many struggles until they are 10 or 11. So, it’s an important habit that requires monitoring and support. But it is critical to dental health. 

Get a Dental Checkup for Your Children Scheduled Today!

Keeping your children’s teeth clean is possible. Make sure to establish routines and stick to them. When your kids are ready for their next dental appointment, consider Signature Smiles. Our team of dentists is ready to help your kids keep up their oral health while keeping a compassionate, fun attitude. Give our team a call today to schedule your or your kids’ next dental appointment.

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