We all know that taking care of your child’s oral hygiene is important, but it can be difficult to figure out the right time to start brushing your kid’s teeth. Should you start brushing their teeth as soon as they come in? Should you wait until they’re old enough to ask for it?
The answer might surprise you! Join us on our blog post today and get answers straight from the dentist – when should you actually begin brushing your kid’s teeth? We promise a few good laughs, too!
When it comes to brushing a child’s teeth, starting early is vital. In fact, brushing your child’s teeth as soon as their first tooth appears is the best habit to set for good oral health.
A toddler’s or infant’s teeth benefit just as much from brushing as an adult’s and should be done with fluoride-based toothpaste twice daily for optimal results. When brushing a child’s teeth, let them try brushing first then help them get those hard-to-reach areas like the back molars and between the teeth.
This will help them learn and form healthy brushing habits that they can use in adulthood.
Brushing your child’s teeth is necessary for a healthy mouth and should be done at least twice a day – once in the morning and once before getting tucked into bed.
Regular brushing prevents plaque build-up, so it is important to brush diligently, making sure to brush all sides of each tooth, as well as around the gum line. If a child needs assistance with brushing, parents can help brush until they become proficient enough to brush on their own.
Of course, maintaining good oral hygiene doesn’t end with brushing: flossing and regular visits to the dentist are also recommended. Teaching kids good habits surrounding caring for their teeth early on can ensure healthy smiles that last a lifetime.
Brushing your child’s teeth can be challenging, especially if they are young and don’t understand the importance of brushing.
However, there are several ways to make brushing their teeth more fun and exciting for them. Parents can start by brushing their own teeth alongside the child to show how important brushing is.
Songs can also be an effective way to make brushing fun, either singing along with a brushing song or playing one in the background. Some parents give kids special toothbrushes that light up or play music when brushing; this is a great way to keep brushing time fun while reinforcing the habit of brushing regularly.
Additionally, helping them pick out their own flavored toothpaste will encourage them to use it every day. Creating a rewards system for regularly brushing is another great way to incentivize your child and remind them why proper oral hygiene is important!
Every parent wants to do what is best for their little one’s health, which is why fluoride toothpaste can be confusing when it comes to babies.
For infants under the age of two, fluoride toothpaste should be avoided altogether as they are not capable of swishing and spitting, so if swallowed it could lead to fluoride toxicity or have an adverse effect on teeth development.
However, for children starting at the age of two, fluoride toothpaste should be used with a small amount (the size of a grain of rice), and rinsing and spitting should be encouraged as soon as possible. Parents need to ensure that fluoride toothpaste is kept out of the reach of young kids who may ingest too much fluoride without meaning to.
While fluoride has many benefits such as strengthening developing teeth and preventing cavities, too much fluoride in the early stages of life can adversely affect teeth and overall health.
Even if your child isn’t a fan of brushing their teeth, it’s important to make sure they are doing so properly and frequently enough to avoid cavities and other dental problems. The good news is that there are ways to make brushing fun for kids and motivate them to do it regularly.
If you have any concerns about your child’s oral health or want to schedule a checkup, be sure to visit Emerald Dental Care now. We would be happy to help ensure your child has a healthy smile! How do you get your kids to brush their teeth regularly? Share your tips with us in the comments below!