How do I teach my child to spit in the sink after brushing?

Children are natural imitators. In order for your child to learn how to brush properly, it helps for parents or siblings to act as role models. Try brushing your teeth alongside your little one, or enlisting the help of your older children, to demonstrate the proper order of brushing, rinsing, and spitting. The spitting part may not come as naturally to young children as swallowing. That’s why we recommend starting off with a smear of fluoride toothpaste for children less than 3 years of age, followed by a pea-size amount for those 3-6 years old. This will help ensure that your child does not swallow too much fluoride. Purchasing your child a small, personal cup for rinsing may also help. 

Dr. MyLinh Ngo

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Ngo completed specialty training in pediatric dentistry from the University of California at San Francisco. She practices at Alameda Pediatric Dentistry in the San Francisco Bay Area, whose mission is to make kids smile by promoting oral health for children beginning at age one.