Brush Up On Your Brushing!
We are experts in Pediatric Dentistry…and we are also moms! So we understand the struggles that sometimes come along with brushing little teeth more than you may know!!! Here’s the 411 on brushing basics and how to make brush time more fun (and less challenging!):
- You can start brushing your child’s gums at birth with an infant toothbrush or moist washcloth.
- Start brushing your baby’s teeth when they appear above the gum line.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a damp washcloth.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste:
- A tiny smear, the size of a grain of rice, for baby teeth 0-3 years of age
- A pea-sized amount for 3-6 years of age
- Model good dental hygiene habits. Kiddos love to imitate their parents!
MAKE IT FUN
- There are so many fun toothbrushes out there: superheroes, princesses, Star Wars, crayons, you name it! Make it special by letting your child select the brush!
- Have your child practice brushing the teeth of their favorite stuffed animal or doll.
- Use a mirror so your child can see their mouth during brushing.
- Let your child be in charge and do the brushing themselves first (then do a “double-check” yourself and hit any spots he/she may have missed).
- Sing a special tooth brushing song (like this catchy one from Elmo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxMrtK-kYnE).
- Play your child’s favorite tunes for 2 minutes while you brush (the goal: brush twice a day for two minutes!). Even more fun – let your child choose the song and press play!
- Read your child books about brushing teeth and visiting the dentist to help them feel more at ease (like The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss).
Establishing healthy dental habits at an early age has long-term benefits, so pat yourself on the back for teaching good dental hygiene from the start! Have something that works for your child that we didn’t mention? Let us know!