It is important to start oral care at an early age. Learning good oral hygiene habits at a young age is important for long-term oral health. For most things in life, your children will follow your lead, so it’s important to always set a good example for them. Brush your teeth in front of them with a good technique and be sure to brush for the full recommended time. The more often they see you brushing your teeth immediately, the more likely they are to imitate you and learn by your example.
Good oral hygiene should begin at an early age. An infant’s mouth can be cleaned after each feeding. A child’s teeth should be brushed as soon as the first tooth erupts. When they are very young, this can mean you brushing your child’s teeth for them, getting them used to the feeling of having their teeth brushed. By teaching good oral hygiene early, you’ll be providing with your child with a foundation to a lifetime of healthy teeth.
Personalize Their Tooth Brushing Adventures
When they are old enough, let them select their own toothbrush and toothpaste. Let them choose cars or princesses on their toothbrush, bubblegum, or mint-flavored toothbrush, they’ll be more excited to brush their teeth if they have a fondness for their teeth brushing accessories. This is especially effective for kids who are starting to desire more ownership and control over their activities.
Make It Fun
There are many ways to make tooth brushing fun for your child. There are apps, music videos, and games, there are plenty of resources that can encourage your child to brush their teeth for the full time, and even make them look forward to brushing their teeth!
Go Over The Basics Of Brushing Teeth
- Brush every tooth, every time.
- Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle gently against the gum line.
- Brush from the base of the tooth to the chewing surface.
- Use short, round strokes for the front and back of teeth.
- Use short, sweeping strokes for the chewing surfaces.
- Be consistent in brushing across each tooth.
- Brush the tongue and roof of the mouth from back to front.
Teach the Finer Points of Flossing
- Floss once daily to remove particles between teeth.
- Start flossing your child’s teeth once the teeth are too close together for the bristle of a toothbrush to easily fit between them.
- Correctly hold the floss by winding about 18 inches of floss around the middle fingers of each hand. Pinch the floss between the thumb and index finger.
- Gently insert the floss between two teeth using a back and forth motion. Curve the floss around each tooth in a C shape and move it up and down each tooth.
- Use a clean piece of floss for each tooth.
As you are preparing your kid’s teeth don’t forget about yourself. If you are interested in improving your smile, contact Newton Dental Associates today! We will be able to set up a consultation to go over your options and see if it’s right for you. Newton Dental Associates can be reached by calling 617-965-0060 or filling out our online contact form.