When to Start?
As soon as that first tooth pops through, usually around six months, it’s time to start brushing. A baby toothbrush with a smear of fluoride toothpaste is perfect for those first few teeth. Remember, fluoride is key in preventing tooth decay.
Brushing Techniques for Babies and Toddlers
For those under three, a smear of fluoride toothpaste is all you need. Brush their teeth twice a day, especially before bedtime. By the age of three, you can increase the toothpaste amount to a pea-sized blob. Important tip: after brushing, encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste but not to rinse. This ensures that the fluoride continues to protect their teeth.
Making Brushing Fun and Effective
Let’s make brushing time fun! Guide your child’s hand to teach them the right movements and use a mirror to show them where to clean. A two-minute egg timer can add a playful element to this daily routine. Safety note: always supervise and ensure they don’t run around with a toothbrush in their mouth.
Regular Dental Health Checks
Bring your little one along from a young age, this helps them get familiar with the dental environment. Regular dental health checks are crucial for early detection and prevention of dental issues.
Diet and Dental Health
A balanced diet is vital for your child’s overall and dental health. Limit sugary snacks and drinks to prevent tooth decay. Remember, it’s not just the amount of sugar but how often they consume it that matters, ideally limit sugary foods to 3 intakes daily or less.
A Lifetime of Healthy Smiles
Establishing these practices early on sets the stage for lifelong dental health. At Kingsgate Dental, we’re dedicated to guiding you and your little one through each step of this exciting journey. Let’s ensure those tiny teeth grow into a healthy, happy smile!
Remember, every child’s dental journey is unique. If you have specific concerns or questions, we’re here for you.