Teach Your Children Good Brushing Habits from Tooth One
When a baby is born, all 20 primary teeth are already waiting under the gums to break free and help your baby start chewing. At around 6 months, the first baby teeth may begin to break through. The question is, when should you start helping your child cultivate good brushing habits?
Get Children Brushing Young
As soon as your child’s teeth erupt, you can brush them. This will help them to stay clean and plaque free. Your child will then be ready to maintain good brushing habits when he or she is old enough to start brushing without your help, around age six or so.
Remember that when children are very young, they need to be reminded that toothpaste should not be swallowed. This can be easier to do if you brush together and monitor how much toothpaste you apply on the brush. This also gives you the advantage of letting your child learn by your example. If they see mom or dad brushing at least twice per day, the habit is more likely to become permanent.
Baby Teeth Are Not Disposable Teeth
Yes, primary teeth will eventually fall out to make way for a child’s permanent teeth, but that doesn’t mean they are disposable. When a child learns correct techniques for good oral care, their baby teeth become a practice ground for caring for their permanent teeth later in life.
Don’t Forget Dental Visits
Children should also learn early on that regular professional cleanings are essential. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends taking your child to a pediatric dentist right from the appearance of the first tooth or at the latest by their first birthday.
BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry would be proud to be your child’s first dentist. We focus on prevention and education to ensure that your child has a healthy cavity-free mouth for a lifetime. Contact us at (619) 741-1500 to learn more about how to prepare your child for his or her first visit.