How early should a child’s dental health be a priority? As soon as they get their first tooth! Even though baby teeth are not permanent, they actually form an important foundation for adult teeth. Taking care of your child’s teeth early on is important! It encourages oral health, prevents disease, and minimizes the risk of cavities later in life.
How Young Should Kids Start Brushing?
Baby teeth actually exist beneath the gum line even before they grow out in your child’s mouth. Gently massaging your infant’s gums helps their development.
Clean their gums with a damp cloth or silicon finger, or baby finger brush. When they have teeth, begin brushing using toothpaste and a toothbrush specifically designed for infants. Baby brushes work like pacifiers and are made of soft rubber. Many are designed to fit on the end of your finger.
Baby toothpaste has a more pleasing flavor and can be swallowed if fluoride-free. It’s best to start fluoride when the child is able to spit. Fluoride is safe for young children — it’s good for them and promotes oral health.
Brush the front of baby teeth very gently. These teeth can be sensitive — even when the infant isn’t teething. You might consider using a soft washcloth.
Be Affectionate. Make Brushing Fun!
Mix a little play into the toothbrushing process and make it fun. Sing your child a song. Play peek-a-boo! Don’t forget to tickle and cuddle, kiss the top of your child’s head. This will help your child relax and associate brushing with pleasant memories.
Be an Example and Role Model
Brush your own teeth in front of your child and explain the importance of what you are doing. Demonstrate on your own teeth before you brush there’s. Laugh and giggle — keep it fun. This kind of fun approach can have lasting benefits on your child’s dental health.