Children get their teeth at different times, but the first tooth usually appears between six and ten months. Dentists advised that teeth and gum care should begin even before the first tooth erupts.
It is vital to keep your baby’s teeth and gums clean and healthy because it holds the spaces open for the permanent teeth to come in. Kids ages two or three are more susceptible to tooth decay or cavities because of an abundance of sugar in their food and drinks.
Some ways to care for your toddler’s teeth and gums include brushing their teeth twice a day and floss until the gum line at least every night. Additionally, use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush designed for toddlers and help them choose the toothpaste’s flavor.
The novelty of electric toothbrushes might appeal to your child. Some of these can give a slightly better clean than manual toothbrushes. If you are using an electric toothbrush, avoid brushing in circles. Ensure to keep your hands still and guide the toothbrush across the child’s mouth teeth and gums.
Your child will begin to clean her teeth at the age of two. Letting your child hold her toothbrush with you will help her feel that she’s part of the action. Though she’s doing it on her own, your child still needs supervision until eight years old.
You might like to try this routine when brushing your child’s teeth and cleaning their gums:
- Stand or sit behind your child so that he or she would feel secure. Let them brush their teeth in front of the mirror so you can see their mouth as well.
- Cup your child’s chin in your hands with her head resting against your body.
- Angle the bristles of the toothbrush towards the gum. Move the brush in circles gently to clean the outer and inner sides of the teeth and gums.
- Brush back and forth on the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
- Brush your child’s tongue gently.
- Encourage your child not to swallow during brushing. When your child starts using toothpaste, let
him spit it out. There is no need to rinse with water because it enables the fluoride to protect their
Children should visit their dentist to have their teeth checked before they turn one year old because this lets your child know the dentist. It gives your dentist a chance to talk about your child’s needs and plan of care for their dental health.
Talk to your dentist as to how often your child would need a visit. Usually, dentists require dental visits every six months or at least twice a year.
We, at Kidsmile, are passionately dedicated to providing quality dental care for your child. Our goal is to partner with you to help your child establish and achieve excellent oral health.
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