How much toothpaste? For children 18 months to 6 years, place a smear of low-fluoride toothpaste on a small, soft toothbrush. Use a pea-sized amount of standard fluoride toothpaste once your child is six years old. Ask your dentist for toothpaste advice if you don’t have fluoridated water.
Sit or stand behind your child in a brightly lit place, ideally in front of a mirror. This way your child can see what you’re doing. You might find it easiest to sit a toddler on your lap.
Use your free hand to support or cradle your child’s chin. Ask her to open up and say ‘aaahh’. Check for any signs of decay, such as a white or brown line close to the gums. Also check for any build up of plaque on the teeth around the gum line.