It isn’t too early to begin encouraging good dental hygiene for your little ones. Your child’s teeth are at risk for dental decay as soon as they come through the gums. The good news is that tooth decay is preventable. Below are some easy guidelines to follow for caring for your children’s teeth.
From birth to 1-year-old, you should wipe your baby’s gums with a clean gauze or baby washcloth. Whenever the first tooth shows up, then using water and a baby toothbrush, clan the surface. Cleaning them after breakfast and before bed.
For children 1 year to 2 years use child sized toothbrush with non-fluoridated toothpaste brush their teeth, unless a fluoridated toothpaste is recommended, it is best to use a child’s toothpaste.
You should angle the brush at 40 degrees to their gums and move the brush back and forth gently. Brush all teeth surfaces. To brush the inner surface, tilt the brush vertically, brush it up and down. Brush the tongue as well.
Flossing is important as well. Be sure that you are curving the floss into a C shape and move the floss up and down while keeping it pressed to the tooth. Floss all of the teeth.
Flossing needs to be started when there are 2 teeth touching each other which is around 2+ years old. When a child is able to brush by age 6, they will have trouble flossing. Purchasing a floss holder can help until they are about 10 years old.
Be sure that you are setting a good example by taking care of your own teeth. You and your child can begin to brush and floss together. This helps to show them that dental hygiene isn’t a choice, but it can be a great activity for bonding for you and your child.