When do you start brushing your child’s teeth? This is a question we frequently hear in our office. The answer is, immediately. We have found that even though most people do a diligent job of brushing their own teeth, parents sometimes have difficulty associating their own oral hygiene routine with that of their children. Knowing that, we would like to provide some basic information that parents can use to establish and maintain a good oral hygiene routine for their young ones.
Parents should know that it is possible to begin an oral hygiene routine with their baby. By using a clean cool wash rag, it is possible to wipe down the inside of their mouth and gums in order to remove milk, spit up and the sugars placed on their gums from daily drinking and eating. Babies may even enjoy this.
When asking when do you start brushing your child’s teeth, know that it is important to begin brushing even if there is only one tooth. Fortunately, it is easy to do so. Simply head to the drugstore or local baby store to purchase a rubber toothbrush that fits onto the tip of a finger. It is easy to brush teeth when using a finger instead of an actual kid’s toothbrush. Babies will also enjoy this pressure if they are teething.
Just be sure to use a toothpaste that says it is for babies since they are going to be unable to spit out the toothpaste and are likely to swallow it.
It is important to brush as soon as they have teeth but also to brush twice a day. Apply the same routine to your child’s teeth, regardless of how old they are. This is important because it helps to establish healthy habits and a good routine. This makes it more likely that a child will learn good brushing habits and maintain them throughout their lifetime. Plus, this is going to reduce the risk of them developing tooth decay.
It is important for parents to be aware that it is possible for a baby or toddler to develop tooth decay. Essentially, anytime a person has even one tooth, that tooth could suffer from decay if not cared for properly. Even though children are going to lose their initial baby teeth and gain permanent ones in their place, these initial teeth cannot be neglected. Doing so could cause a child significant and unnecessary pain.
We understand that becoming a parent is not easy. There is so much to learn. Parents need to be aware of not only the child’s health but educational and behavioral issues; it can all be quite overwhelming.
We are not here to judge. We are here to help. We invite parents to call us to ask any questions. Whether this is about when to start brushing your child’s teeth or asking questions about dietary habits or the use of fluoride, we are happy to answer them. Scheduling an annual or biannual dental appointment is the best way to do so because it allows us to answer questions while we are cleaning their child’s teeth.
Call today to learn more about the steps you can take to improve your child’s oral health and how we can help with that process.