Establishing good oral care habits in your children is essential in promoting excellent oral health later in life. It can happen more often than not that children that are resistant to oral care and routine brushing because it is not something they are used to. Brushing your children’s teeth and showing them how to do so is crucial to their development and well being. For this reason, we established the following tips:
- Children’s teeth should be brushed as soon as they emerge. Starting them early can also get them used to a oral care routine.
- For the first teeth, a washcloth can be used to wipe down the teeth while the other ones emerge and while your child grows into being able to use a toothbrush.
- Once your child is of age, usually around 1 year or 18 months depending on when their teeth erupted, choose a soft-bristled, child-sized toothbrush for comfort.
- Brush your child’s teeth twice a day, focusing on the back teeth.
- Floss your child’s teeth as soon as two teeth emerge side by side.
- Take your child to the first dental visit on or around their first birthday.
We are excited to take this journey with you as a future mother. As your dentist, we are ready to tend to you and your child’s every need.