Caring for your children’s teeth starts way before they can start brushing themselves. Once that first baby tooth appears, it’s time to include oral hygiene in their routine.
Your children’s first teeth are important for the health of their adult teeth. And the routines you create around tooth brushing, help them develop the right habits as they grow older.
How to clean your child’s first tiny teeth
Your baby’s oral health starts before they begin teething – a healthy diet is important to form strong teeth and bones. But once those tiny teeth start appearing, it’s time to start cleaning them each day. At first, you use a clean, wet cloth to gently wipe around the teeth and gums.
Look for toddler’s toothbrushes once your child is two, and just use a tiny dab of toothpaste for cleaning their teeth. It will take a while before children can reliably spit out toothpaste. Try to make teeth-cleaning a twice-daily routine, after breakfast and dinner, and it will become normal. If your child wants to clean their teeth themselves, encourage them to try but make sure you finish the task.
Flossing is also important, but you’ll need to do this by getting them to rest their head on your lap. You can then see clearer to gently clean between their teeth.
Oral hygiene routines once they start school
By the time children are starting school, around six years of age, they’re generally able to clean their teeth fairly well. You’ll still need to be there to check it’s done properly and for long enough. A special song that goes for two minutes can make it easier for your child to know when they’re finished.
It may take another year or so before they’re able to floss their teeth by themselves, but with help they’ll learn. Don’t forget that you’re also setting a good example by making time to clean your own teeth carefully.
When to start bringing your child to the dentist
You need to book your child in for their first dental check at two years of age. This not only spots any issues, but also gets your child used to a trip to the dentist as a normal part of life. Should they later need dental treatment, it’s not a whole new thing when they’re in pain.
If your child already has any issues with dental visits, always let your National Dental Care practitioner know. They’re specially trained to make even the smallest of patients feel comfortable and get the treatment they need. Book an appointment online now to get your child’s teeth checked.