It can seem like parenting is one long, constantly changing lesson. Among all the other things parents are coping with and figuring out, their child’s dental health can sometimes fall to the wayside.
Below, we try to provide a little help and answer some of the most 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. Many dentists recommend starting out with damp gauze or muslin wrapped around your finger to help clean baby’s mouth when that first tooth cuts through. Starting this way will help you to clean thoroughly and will get your baby familiar with cleaning teeth. But as more teeth begin to fill that little mouth, many parents opt to switch to toothbrush and toothpaste. Check out our blog on how to choose the right toothbrush for your baby.
When do I need to start bringing my child to the dentist?
Between when the first tooth emerges and your child’s first birthday. Those first teeth are very important not only to helping your child eat and learn to speak, but to setting the stage for the permanent teeth that come after them. The dentist will examine your child’s mouth, monitor the progress of the teeth, and may even apply fluoride treatment to the teeth your child does have.
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?
Lucky for you, we have an entire blog dedicated to persuading your child to brush! Try the tips and see what happens.
The earlier you can start healthy habits with your children, the more likely they are to stick for the long haul. As always, consult a dentist or pediatrician with any questions you might have regarding your child’s oral health.