Brushing your child’s teeth should begin as soon as their first tooth comes in. In a recently published survey of parents in the United States, it was reported that approximately 63 percent of American parents do not begin brushing their child’s baby teeth at this time. Instead, most parents reported they waited until their child their child had a few or even a full set of teeth.
For the first tooth and all subsequent baby teeth you should use a soft, child-sized toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste. Gently brush your child’s teeth twice a day until they are 2 years old. Between the ages of 2 and 6, a small, pea-sized dab of toothpaste should be used. Even before your children get their first tooth proper oral hygiene is important. Using a soft and damp cloth, gently wipe the mouth and gums. You can also use an infant toothbrush after feedings.
When you do not start healthy brushing habits for your child it will be harder for them to get into the routine. Poor oral hygiene habits contributes to so many kids developing cavities and needing a filling. These habits can help set a foundation for your children as they grown and become responsible for making sure they brush every day. It is also important for parents to set their children on a routine just as soon as the first tooth appears so they will not question the routine later on.
Call Smile Center Dental today to schedule your child’s first dental appointment. Your child’s teeth should be examined and professionally cleaned at least once each year.