Early interventions for the proper maintenance of your baby’s teeth are crucial for the health of their adult teeth as they start to grow. “Baby teeth” are the precursor for adult teeth, they are the placeholder and it’s important they be maintained for gum health and reduction of harmful bacteria. They may never acknowledge the effort you put in for them, but just know you are setting them up for success later in life.
Oral hygiene for our children begins the day their first tooth breaks through the gum. With a damp, soft cloth, lightly wipe your baby’s gums after feeding. Once more prominent, you may begin using a soft toothbrush and non-fluoride toothpaste twice a day until preschool age. At that age, the amount of toothpaste that can be safely used increases to the size of a pea.
When your child is at that age and able to brush on his or her own, it’s important to keep an eye on them. Many children find the process of brushing their teeth to be boring or unimportant, but this is the best age to develop their oral care routine. Singing toothbrushes and flavored toothpaste help encourage kids to find the process more enjoyable and help guide them towards brushing their teeth for two minutes. Another great way to encourage your child is to brush with them and show them how to get to their molars, the back of their teeth, and the front. Brushing together allows you to ensure they are doing so properly while setting the example and making sure they don’t feel like they are being monitored, which may be upsetting.
An oral care routine matters from the day teeth appear, so parents who take their children’s oral hygiene seriously, and encourage good habits to aid their child’s ability to properly care for their teeth later in life.
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