Did you know that dentists recommend you start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as their first tooth appears?
September 19, 2018
Usually, childrens’ first tooth break through when they are around 6 months old. As soon as you see that first tooth, you should start brushing your baby’s teeth twice a day – in the morning and in the evening – in order to get your baby used to daily brushing routines. For a small child, teeth brushing is a completely new experience! When you help your child get used to having a toothbrush in their mouth twice a day, that is a big and important step on their way to developing a good oral hygiene routine.
It is important to make the routine a positive experience right from the start. Children love trying out things themselves. Let your child hold a toothbrush, play with it and try to brush their own teeth – it will make the whole process more fun! After a while, your child will look forward to it.
Is your baby biting down on the toothbrush, making it hard to brush properly? This is completely normal. Biting on a toothbrush is an instinctive behaviour to help soothe their gums as their new teeth begin to break through. Just make sure you choose a toothbrush that is soft, gentle and safe for new teeth and sensitive gums. Brushing your child’s teeth should be fun and easy!
Remember to use the right amount of toothpaste – no more than the size of a pea for small children