Let’s face it, taking care of your teeth may be your least favorite thing to do, but we know we have to do it. Especially when it comes to taking care of your child’s teeth, it should be a priority because this will help to get your child in a good habit of keeping their teeth clean. Oftentimes, if a parent doesn’t have good oral health, neither does their children.
It’s important to still take precaution, even if your baby doesn’t have their first tooth. New parents may not realize the amount of natural sugar in both formula and breast milk, and when it sits on the tiniest of teeth, this can cause problems. That’s why it’s important to wipe down gums after you breast of bottle feed. This will get you in the habit of removing the excess sugar off of the gums, while helping to promote healthy habits.
Once your little one receives more than one tooth, make brushing teeth a routine for all of the family. It’s important to get a silicone tooth brush that fits on your finger, so that you’re able to clean and massage your baby’s gums.
Tips On How To Brush
– When choosing a toothbrush, it’s important to choose a great toothbrush and toothpaste for kids. There is a ton of toothbrushes and many different kinds of toothpaste.
-Choose a small, soft bristled toothbrush and soak the brush in warm water to soften the bristles.
-The American Dental Association and The American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend the use of fluoride in toothpaste. When your child’s first tooth appears, it’s recommended to use the size of a grain of rice, and then to a pea-size amount the day your child turns three.
-Get in the habit of brushing your child’s teeth twice a day; once in the morning and another time before bed. Spend approximately two minutes in total, concentrating on the back molars due to it being the area where cavities first appear.
-Start flossing your little one’s teeth everyday when there are two teeth that touch one another.
-Talk to your child’s dentist regarding the use of fluoride. If your child isn’t getting enough by drinking water that is fluoridated, fluoride supplements may need to be given.
-Ask your dentist if dental sealants are safe. These are thin, plastic protective barriers that help seal your child’s teeth from tooth decay.