GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Maintaining good oral hygiene doesn't just help keep your teeth healthy, it also helps keep the rest of your body well. When browsing the oral health aisle at the store, parents often feel overwhelmed about the number of choices in products.

Leah Kinney, dental hygienist at Delta Dental of Minnesota, visited the KARE 11 studio to help give parents the tools they need to make the right oral health choices for their kids. The segment included a display of oral health products for each stage of a child’s life – from cloths for infants, to light-up timer toothbrushes for toddlers, to electric toothbrushes for older kids. Leah also did a brushing demonstration to show how – and for how long – kids should brush their teeth. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.

Below are some commonly asked questions about children’s dental health.

When do I need to start brushing my child’s teeth?

As soon as the first tooth emerges.

When do I need to start bringing my child to the dentist?

Between when the first tooth emerges and your child’s first birthday.

How should I brush my child’s teeth?

In small circles, with a child-sized toothbrush and children’s toothpaste, twice a day (in the morning and at night). When you’re finished, rinse the toothpaste off the toothbrush and let your child try “brushing” on their own – this can make brushing fun, and helps establish this healthy pattern.

What if my child doesn’t want to brush?

Delta Dental has an entire blog dedicated to persuading your child to brush! Try the tips and see what happens.