“Don’t forget to brush your teeth!” We can still hear our parents drilling this statement into our minds. Getting your own child to be familiar with brushing their teeth at a young age will help them to continue with their oral hygiene habits when they are older. Our dental team at Floss 365 Dental works hard to provide oral health care to patients of all ages. Continue reading on to learn when you should start brushing your baby’s teeth.
It is recommended to start brushing your child’s smile even before teeth pop up. This can be done by gently rubbing a warm washcloth to your child’s gums and then rinsing out with fresh water. This helps to keep harmful bacteria out of your baby’s mouth.
As soon as your child’s teeth begin to develop, oral hygiene habits should be implemented. A soft bristle toothbrush can be used frequently to remove debris. Once they are older, they should be encouraged to brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. Use a fluoride toothpaste approved by the ADA for best results in keeping your child’s teeth healthy. Flossing is just as important to implement as well.
Make oral hygiene a fun activity that your child can look forward too. The best way to encourage oral hygiene is to lead by example and take care of your own pearly whites.
Regular dental exams and cleanings are just as important for your child. Call our dental office to set up your child’s next appointment and keep their teeth beautiful and healthy from the start.