child has a full set of 20 baby teeth by the age of two to three years.
As soon as your baby develops their first tooth, they are at risk of dental decay. To prevent this, firstly you should make sure you clean your child’s teeth morning and night and maintain a good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing their teeth and having regular dental check-ups, apart from choosing a healthy diet and proper overall hygiene.
To brush your baby’s teeth, use a baby’s toothbrush with a small head and soft with rounded bristles. Replace the toothbrush regularly, in between one to three months. Having your baby on your lap, facing away from you, helps you reach the teeth more easily. Brush with small, gentle circular movements, concentrating on the area where the teeth and gums meet. If your baby doesn’t like having the teeth brushed and squirms away, try giving them their own toothbrush to hold. It is very probable that they will feel in charge. You can even let them to have a go by themselves. Of course, with your help. Up to 18 months, brush their teeth with plain water. Special fluoride-free toothpastes can be used around the age of 18 months. Just a very small amount.
Teach your child to spit out the toothpaste after brushing. But don’t rinse his mouth with lots of water. Leaving a bit of toothpaste residue on the teeth makes the toothpaste work better. Do not forget to put the toothpaste out of reach of the children because some of them like it too much and they can eat it.
If you can, let your baby watch you brushing your teeth as often as possible. The power of example! You also can seek guidance to your dentist or dental hygienist. They will be happy to help.
Toddlers should have their teeth brushed twice a day, ideally for two minutes at a time, in the morning after breakfast and in the evening before bed. Your toddler will need your attention during brushing.
Teach them how to brush. Don’t forget to get the right brush, with a long handle that allows you to reach around every tooth in your toddler mouth. Sometimes, you can apply the finger brushing. Finger toothbrushes slip onto your finger and have soft bristles at the tip. Buy a colourful toothbrush. You can find a toothbrush that lights up, plays music, or makes a noise after the job’s done. Whatever type of toothbrush you use, replace it every one to three months.
Put your child on a step stool in front of you. Face a mirror and brush his teeth with your hand over their hand. This way, they can watch you and learn how to brush. Work on one tooth at a time, and use a gentle back-and-forth motion across the chewing and inner surfaces, then switch to a circular motion along the sides, holding the brush at a 45-degree angle. On areas that don’t have teeth yet, lightly brush the gums, and don’t forget the tongue, which is a popular hangout for bacteria.
Regarding the toothpaste and mouthwash, it is better to stick only to water or fluoride-free toothpaste until your child can be trusted not to swallow it. After that, your child can start using a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste. When they are around two years old, you can show them how to rinse after brushing. You can also use a fluoride-free mouthwash, if the dentist or paediatrician gives you the ok.
Flossing is needed to be started as soon as two teeth grow in side by side. Starting with the age of two and a half, you can floss at least twice weekly in areas where the teeth are touching. Flossing helps remove bacteria from between teeth and keeps the gums healthy. You can use your regular floss or try one of those handheld plastic flossers shaped like a kid-friendly character.
Have your toddler on your lap, facing you. Floss their teeth as you would your own, using your index fingers and thumbs to guide floss gently in between the teeth. Carefully slide the floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gum line, flossing each tooth with a clean section. Focus on the molars first and work your way from the back of the mouth to the front. You may let your little one have a go with the floss. After flossing, have your child rinse with water. And finally, brush your child’s teeth.
Try to make your children’s cleaning teeth a fun time! You may sing a song, tell a story or ask a nightly riddle during brushing.
Giving them a good hygiene and a proper health education is the foundation of a healthy and happy life!
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