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  • Six tips for kids’ teeth

    By Janna Fischer, 3M Storyteller

    A girl smiles as she squeezes too much toothpaste onto a toothbrush
    Six tips for kids’ teeth

    They lick the majority of the toothpaste off their toothbrush and use the rest to paint a mural on the bathroom mirror. They claim to have thoroughly brushed their tiny little teeth, but the “Smell my breath, Mommy!” test says otherwise.

    Two young boys look in a mirror and brush their teeh before bed

    Many parents endure this exasperation as their kids master the art of brushing their teeth.

    And, no, we can’t stop Johnny from using his toothbrush to groom the cat (“She told me she really likes it, Dad!”). But know that, as with most things in life, practice makes perfect.

    • A cup full of colorful toothbrushes

      3M Oral Care and the American Dental Association offer these tips to help inspire good dental health:

      • A dental examination should be a regular part of back-to-school preparation.
      • Flossing once a day removes plaque and bacteria from between teeth, where a toothbrush can’t reach.
      • Good oral health is part of overall health: The mouth is a window into the health of the body.
      • Frequent snacking or sipping on sugary beverages such as soda, juice, sports drinks – even flavored water – creates an environment for tooth decay by exposing teeth to acid.
      • Replace toothbrushes every three to four months, or sooner, if bristles are worn.
      • Always brush for two minutes, twice a day, every day.