People may wonder is there a need to look after a child’s first set of teeth as they can often be deemed as ‘just baby teeth’. But you should start the conversation early with your dentists about your child’s oral care needs as soon as their first tooth makes an appearance.
The most common questions parents ask us is when do their children need to start brushing their teeth and how to get them to do it. In this blog, we want to share with you some useful tips that might give a helping hand in your child’s dental routine.
Most importantly don’t be put off if your child is resistance to brushing their teeth at the start, it’s totally normal it’s a foreign concept to them, they don’t understand why or what you are trying to do but keep persisting with it. Do it at the same every day, morning and night and get a routine going, it’s key because if you skip it once or twice then they might think it’s optional and that’s when the real trouble starts.
When to start brushing teeth?
- Start cleaning a baby’s teeth as soon as their first teeth
- Use a soft brush and water only
- Do not use toothpaste
- Cleaning is very important to avoid tooth decay
- Routine is very important at the start and NEVER skip brushing morning and night
- Only use a small pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste
- Brush teeth twice a day – morning & night
- It takes between 2-3 minutes to brush teeth correctly
Here are some of our favourite ways to get little ones to brush!
- Copy-cat: Children always look up to their older siblings or parents so if they see you brushing they will want to be just like you.
- Egg timers: These are a great and simple way to encourage your child to brush their teeth for 2-3minutes
- Reward Charts: This incentive is a perfect way to motivate your child to brush BOTH morning and night. There are loads to choose from on rewardchart4kids.com
- Apps: Here are some apps that you may find helpful Brush DJ, Brush Up, Brush Teeth with the Wiggles.
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