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Tot Toothbrushes Promote Good Brushing Habits

 

Many parents don't know that children's teeth must be cleaned as soon as they start coming in. What they also may not know is that traditional toothbrushes may not be safe for toddlers to use themselves because they can be overinserted in the mouth or even swallowed.

 

Today, safer toddler toothbrushes are available that prevent the build-up of plaque and bacteria. Using toddler toothbrushes can help children establish good oral health habits at an early age.

 

 

It's never too early for parents to encourage their youngsters to start using toddler toothbrushes. "As soon as they're reaching and grabbing for things, they're ready for it," says Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Bob Roesch, DDS, MAGD. "It familiarizes children with having a toothbrush in their mouths, and they like to mimic their parents."
 
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