Toothbrushing 101

Updated: Aug 1

Regular toothbrushing is important for both children and adults as it helps remove the bacteria and plaque that cause tooth decay and gum disease. It is recommended that everybody brush their teeth twice a day (morning & night), for two minutes with fluoridated toothpaste.

A question we are asked often is when should I start brushing my child’s teeth? Start cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth comes through at around six months of age. You can use a soft wet cloth or a small soft toothbrush with water to clean the new teeth. We recommend children have parental assistance until 8 years old as their dexterity and fine motor skills are still developing.


What about toothpaste?

  • For children, 0-18 months of age- use only water and no toothpaste.

  • 18 months to 6 years old- use a pea-sized amount of children’s (junior) toothpaste.

  • 6 years old and onwards- it is recommended to use a pea-sized amount of adult .strength (standard) fluoride toothpaste or a 6+ toothpaste that is milder in taste but still has the appropriate amount of fluoride.

Even the best brushers still need to make regular trips to the dentist to make sure there are no new developments in their dentition.

Sometimes, even when we think we are taking proper care of our mouths, we may miss certain areas without noticing them. In these cases, only a qualified dental care expert can help resolve your problems.


If you would like more information about toothbrushing strategies or would like to schedule a consultation with one of our dental professionals at Broom Dental Clinic, call us at this number (08) 9192 1624 to book an appointment.