From birth, it’s important to care for your child’s teeth. The primary teeth that grow in a child’s mouth affect the overall health of the permanent teeth, so practicing proper dental hygiene from a young age can set your child up for a lifetime of good dental care. So how do you clean a young child’s teeth?
While newborns normally don’t have teeth (natal teeth may be present), you should still care for your baby’s gums and prepare for teeth eruption. Massaging your baby’s gums (and teeth if present) with a clean, damp washcloth will help prepare teeth for eruption while also cleaning any breastmilk or formula off of the gums.
Six – Twelve Months
This is when new teeth will begin to erupt in your child’s mouth. The central incisors usually come in first and will help the baby begin to eat soft and solid foods. Dental care products specifically designed for babies, like silicon toothbrushes that slide over your finger, will help you gently clean you baby’s first teeth and destroy bacteria.
Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers
Once children start consuming sugary substances and more varieties of solid food, brushing teeth twice a day with toothpaste becomes an essential part of proper dental care. Purchase a toothbrush specifically designed for your child’s age group – toothbrushes are available for ages 1-3 years and 2-5 years. Teach your child how to properly brush using a toothpaste made for children. Make brushing a fun activity to encourage the routine and get child on a pattern of brushing in the morning and before bed.
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