As soon as teeth begin to grow, children should have their teeth brushed at least twice a day until they are old enough to hold the brush, usually by age 2 or 3. As toddlers, children may begin brushing their own teeth with supervision and help to reach all of their teeth, rinse, and spit. Usually, by age 6, children are ready to begin brushing their teeth on their own.
Baby Teeth Need Thorough Care
Even before teeth begin sprouting, an infant’s gums should be wiped gently with a moist and soft cloth or a gauze square in order to help clean bacteria in the mouth. Infant gums, like teeth, should be wiped at least twice a day.
At the first sign of teeth erupting, a child’s toothbrush should be used with a small dab of toothpaste. Children’s hands and mouths are different than adults. They need to use toothbrushes designed for children in order to effectively clean their teeth.
Maintain a Lifetime of Healthy Teeth
Children who maintain good oral health habits throughout their childhood are more likely to continue brushing and flossing than children who were not taught proper oral care. Lifelong cavity prevention consists of consistent brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
Encouraging proper brushing and flossing at home, along with regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of good dental health. Contact us today for a knowledgeable and friendly pediatric dentist accepting Medicaid. Jamboree Dentistry has the tools you need to keep your child’s teeth clean and healthy.