For the purposes of toothbrushes
, after 6-7 years old, a child should be brushing like any other adult. See our tooth brushing guide
Of course at this age, we can still suffer from motivation issues... so some level of supervision is advised, (particularly at night when brushing is the most important). Until you are happy they are doing a good job and this is being confirmed by the dentist at the dental check up, maintain an element of supervision.
I generally don't push children to floss until all the adult teeth are through, as it's often tricky- many changes are taking place and often there are spaces where teeth have fallen out and you are waiting for new ones to come through. If you can
encourage it, then fantastic- maybe just getting used to doing a few front teeth, but be careful that it's not hurting them, or a bit of a negative association could develop early on which may affect them trying flossing
again down the track.
When it comes to toothbrushing, the old moto, “If you are going to do it, then you may as well do it right,” couldn’t be more true.
It's generally advisable to spit out after brushing and not rinse to get maximum benefit from the fluoride in your toothpaste. If you want really want to rinse to get rid of any bits and pieces, then a very quick re-brush afterwards with a bit of fresh toothpaste will have the same effect. Are you high caries risk?
if so this little routine is far more important and beneficial.