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Should my 2-year-old brush teeth?

18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeanne Beymer
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Brushing teeth regularly after meals is important.
Think up a game and make brushing fun.

In brief: Yes

Brushing teeth regularly after meals is important.
Think up a game and make brushing fun.
Dr. Jeanne Beymer
Dr. Jeanne Beymer
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Brush after meals!

Brushing teeth regularly after meals is important.
You can even think up a game and make brushing fun. You should brush the child's teeth yourself to make sure that they are properly cleaned, but you can let he or she "practice" as well. The recommendations are also to start seeing a dentist at 1 years old, although many dentists do not see children until they are 3 or 4 years old.

In brief: Brush after meals!

Brushing teeth regularly after meals is important.
You can even think up a game and make brushing fun. You should brush the child's teeth yourself to make sure that they are properly cleaned, but you can let he or she "practice" as well. The recommendations are also to start seeing a dentist at 1 years old, although many dentists do not see children until they are 3 or 4 years old.
Dr. Christianne Strickland
Dr. Christianne Strickland
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Absolutely!!

Start good habits early.
Use a Fluoride free tooth paste made for young children. Remember tooth decay does not discriminate by age!

In brief: Absolutely!!

Start good habits early.
Use a Fluoride free tooth paste made for young children. Remember tooth decay does not discriminate by age!
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
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Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Absolutely

Have your little guy/gal brush best they can with direction form you.
Then follow up with you brushing their teeth before bedtime. Good oral hygiene habits need to be established early.

In brief: Absolutely

Have your little guy/gal brush best they can with direction form you.
Then follow up with you brushing their teeth before bedtime. Good oral hygiene habits need to be established early.
Dr. Gary Chapman
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Dr. Scott Peters
Dentistry - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: YES!

Yes, you should absolutely be brushing your child's teeth.
In my office i recommend the parents brush their kids teeth until at least 8 years old. I still brush my 9 year old's teeth too.

In brief: YES!

Yes, you should absolutely be brushing your child's teeth.
In my office i recommend the parents brush their kids teeth until at least 8 years old. I still brush my 9 year old's teeth too.
Dr. Scott Peters
Dr. Scott Peters
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Absolutely

Teeth should be cleaned as soon as they are present.
Use Fluoride toothpaste at an age where the child will not swallow it, usually about 2. Cleaning earlier can be accomplished using a spot of baking soda.

In brief: Absolutely

Teeth should be cleaned as soon as they are present.
Use Fluoride toothpaste at an age where the child will not swallow it, usually about 2. Cleaning earlier can be accomplished using a spot of baking soda.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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The ada recognizes the above pluss 2 more: public health dentist and prosthodontist and the sub-specialty of maxillofacial prosthodontics.

In brief: 2 more

The ada recognizes the above pluss 2 more: public health dentist and prosthodontist and the sub-specialty of maxillofacial prosthodontics.
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
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In brief: No, but most do.

I always need an affirmative to 2 questions before deciding not to remove a wisdom tooth.
I need to see that the tooth is in an acceptable position in the mouth and i need to see that it is being kept clean.

In brief: No, but most do.

I always need an affirmative to 2 questions before deciding not to remove a wisdom tooth.
I need to see that the tooth is in an acceptable position in the mouth and i need to see that it is being kept clean.
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
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In brief: Yes!

Start good habits early.
Use a Fluoride free tooth paste made for young children. Remember tooth decay does not discriminate by age!

In brief: Yes!

Start good habits early.
Use a Fluoride free tooth paste made for young children. Remember tooth decay does not discriminate by age!
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
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In brief: Choices!!

Orthodontics is typically the best alternative if it is an option.
Technology provides you with alternatives to the traditional silver braces in the form of tooth colored braces, invisalign, clear correct or even just retainers in some cases. If you are looking for instant gratification and are aware of the downside to veneers, they could be an alternative.

In brief: Choices!!

Orthodontics is typically the best alternative if it is an option.
Technology provides you with alternatives to the traditional silver braces in the form of tooth colored braces, invisalign, clear correct or even just retainers in some cases. If you are looking for instant gratification and are aware of the downside to veneers, they could be an alternative.
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
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