Brushing primary teeth is as important as brushing permanent teeth. It is also influential to begin good oral hygiene habits, which will lead your child their entire life. Very decayed primary teeth can result in tooth loss, which could have a negative influence on proper permanent teeth placement, which may cause crooked teeth and speech development issues.
You can start brushing when the first tooth erupts. You can do that with a gauze pad, damp washcloth, or just a finger. Gently wash it in between meals and before bedtime. You should choose a soft toothbrush with a maximum of three rows of bristles. Moisten the toothbrush with water and use no more than a rice-grain sized smear of fluoride toothpaste.
It is recommended to clean baby’s gums right after meals which help to maintain good oral hygiene and health. Moreover, it fights against bacterial growth. You can clean your baby’s gums with a soft cloth or rubber. Also, you can use silicone finger brush.
You can start using fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth erupts. All you need to do is to use rice size amount of toothpaste when the child is under 2 years old. By age 3 you can graduate the size to about a pea. Don’t worry if your child might eat some toothpaste. If you will use recommended size of toothpaste it won’t cause any problems to your baby’s teeth. When your toddler will be 2 years old, you can start teaching him to spit the toothpaste after the brushing.
Your child most likely will want to try to brush their teeth on their own. Of course, you can let him do that, but make sure that you will help him a little bit and afterward, you should finish with a more smooth cleaning on your own. Especially it is important to do so before night time. You can clean it with a gauze pad or just a finger brush.
To encourage your child to brush their teeth, try using brightly colored hygienic accessories and supplies. Many general stores carry products that include children’s favorite characters, as well as vibrant designs.
Last but not least, it is very important that your child sees a good example of his mom and dad looking after their teeth as well. It is proven that children learn from their behaviors, so be sure to set a good example.
Some children hate brushing their teeth, especially if their gums are tender and sore. Here is some tips and tricks to get out from this struggle: