It is essential to start your children’s oral hygiene routine early. Doing so will get, and keep, your children on the road to strong teeth, and a healthy mouth. But if you are a parent, you know, it isn’t that easy. Here are some tips and tricks for getting children in the routine, from infancy, on.
Even if a baby doesn’t have teeth yet, their mouth should be cleaned out after each feeding. There are many ways to go about this, either with a wet cloth, gauze or specialized wipes. Once the first tooth begins to show, it should be brushed with an age appropriate tooth brush and toothpaste. (Yes, baby teeth need to be cleaned too, even if they will fall out). At this age, a child will depend on you to maintain oral health.
The Mouth Healthy website, which is run by the American Dental Association, has a variety of ways to make brushing fun. Including; singing, dancing, and listening to a story. Check those out here.
Your tooth brush should be replaced every three to four months, or sooner. A fun way to get children involved is to let them choose their toothbrush. Toothbrushes now come in a variety of colors and characters so there is a perfect one for your child.
There are many books and articles online aimed at teaching the importance of good oral hygiene. If you read a book before bed, consider reading one and referencing the book throughout the process of brushing their teeth. Tell them the story of the tooth fairy before their first tooth falls out. Emphasize on how the tooth fairy needs good, strong, healthy teeth to collect. We have a blog on our website if you want the tooth fairy’s backstory.
Let your child watch you and learn the process from you. If they see someone else, even an older sibling, brushing their teeth, it will encourage them to also take good care of theirs.
If you child is still struggling to brush their teeth, consider stopping into the dentist to have him or her explain the importance of brushing. Contact us if you would like to set up and appointment.