Baby and toddler tooth brushing

Dental Hygiene Benefits

First and foremost, let’s remember that your Children’s well-being is your priority, and oral hygiene is as important as their general health and well-being. The care of your Baby or Toddlers teeth starts with you to help set them on the right part for excellent oral hygiene.

Oral hygiene will also make your child, look better and feel better. Cleaning and brushing teeth will remove plaque that can cause infant tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing twice daily will also fight cavities and strengthens teeth, as well as giving your Children confidence in having fresh breath, in later years.

How to combat your Baby or Toddler brushing their teeth
Some helpful hints;

When your Baby or Toddler cuts their first tooth, it is important to start looking after them.

Begin a routine in keeping them healthy as soon as you can. You can start brushing your Baby’s teeth as soon as they come through. For the first tooth, you do not need to use toothpaste, but it is advised to wipe their gums in circular motions, with a clean, damp cloth. Once your Baby cuts more teeth, you may want to switch to a Baby/Toddler toothbrush.

Because milk teeth have such an important role for the alignment and spacing of your child’s teeth, try to think of them as templates for the ones to come, affirming how important cleaning teeth is.
The Advice is to brush twice daily, normally before bed and in the morning, like you do your own teeth.

Remember, as this is very new to them, initially, they may not like it, so you may have to try it a few times. Some parents treat the process as fun, to encourage your Baby or Toddler to think it is almost a game. So, you could play some music to brush along to, sing a song they enjoy, chant a poem, and you may decide to do yours with them, which may help in setting a good example in showing how important it is for all ages. You can always remind them that it only takes 2 minutes and offer your Toddler a reward.

Comfort for Babies, is extremely important, so it is recommended to sit them on your knee, with their head resting at a slight angle on your arm or resting against your chest. The most comfortable position for them, will encourage them to enjoy it.

Baby and Toddler Tooth brushing tips
Cleaning advice;

You can use a baby toothbrush, or, if you feel your Baby is too young, you may feel you prefer to use a piece of clean cloth held on your finger. This may be easier in the beginning, especially if they are a young Baby, who is teething, as they may choose to nibble the toothbrush!

For Baby, using the clean cloth in small circular movements, may also be more comfortable and calming for your Baby, so if they cut a tooth in earlier months, a brush may not be recommended.

Your Toddler can choose their own toothbrush which can be their favourite character or colour. Having a toothbrush of their choice, may even excite them to brush their teeth.

Supervise your Toddler brushing, so you can make sure your Toddler is using the right amount of toothpaste, and they are not licking or eating the toothpaste from the tube!

To begin with, use a very small smear of Baby and toddler tooth-paste. You need no more than a pea-sized amount, and you may choose to use a little less, to begin with. Remember to ensure, that your child, rinses their mouth after brushing or cleaning all surfaces.

Continue helping your child to brush their teeth until you feel comfortable that they can do it for themselves. ‘Self-brushing’ normally happens at age 5-6 years.

You can ensure your child receives the best start in oral healthcare by registering them on Denplan for Children with Boroughbridge Dental Centre. This plan is designed with your child in mind, and tailored specifically to their dental needs.

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