A common dilemma that most new moms have is about taking care of their kids’ teeth. When should you start brushing? Should you wipe your baby’s gums? Milk teeth fall out anyway, so they don’t matter as much, right? Wrong.
Your little one’s milk teeth are placeholders for their permanent teeth and neglecting your child’s milk teeth can cause problems like tooth decay, which will lead to premature tooth loss and misaligned permanent teeth. This is why dental care should start soon after birth.
Unfortunately, due to your child’s fuss while brushing, this is easier said than done. Most moms find that their kids’ fuss can make mornings quite stressful, and it gets almost impossible to properly clean your child’s teeth and gums. This is exactly why it’s so important to make brushing fun for your child - so that it’s easier to ensure that you are properly brushing your child’s teeth.
How To Make Brushing Fun
Making brushing fun can make your mornings fuss-free. This will also make it easier because your child will allow you to brush their teeth properly and completely. You can try different tricks to win your child’s cooperation:
• Colourful toys can help you distract your infant or toddler enough to keep their mouth open and brush their teeth while they are distracted.
• A timer, like the one in the Colgate Kids Toothpaste pack, can encourage kids if you try saying, “Don’t stop until the timer ends!” and allow them to start the timer and make it feel like a “race.”
• There are quite a few resources online, like the Brushing song, which not only provide a guide on brushing, but entertain your kids so that you can distract them while brushing.
No matter what, make sure that you find a way to make it easier for yourself to brush your child’s teeth.
Essential Guidelines For Early Dental Care
You should start taking care of your child’s teeth right after birth because the softer and thinner nature of milk teeth makes them more prone to dental caries. Some dentists have had 3-week old infants visit them for tooth decay.
• Wipe your baby’s gums and tongue with sterile gauze after feeds.
• Once the teeth erupt, make a dentist appointment.
• Use a finger brush for baby teeth, with just a rice-grain-sized smear of toothpaste on it.
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• Once your child is about two years old, you can use a toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Use soft, round motions on the inside and outside of teeth to clean up gently but effectively.
• After the age of five, you can use sweeping motions downwards from the gum line on the inside and outside of teeth. This helps avoid the build-up of tartar and plaque on the teeth.
• One of the most important things to keep in mind is to use a toothpaste that is specifically meant for children’s teeth, as it has the right amount of fluoride, which can strengthen and protect teeth.
Using kids’ toothpaste also makes it easier to brush your child’s teeth properly, because instead of a harsh minty taste which kids hate, the sweet, fruity taste is enjoyed by kids. With flavours like strawberry and bubblefruit, Colgate Kids Toothpaste is one such kids toothpaste that changes brushing from a fussy routine to a habit that kids will enjoy following! Take the pledge this Children’s Dental Health Month, to make brushing a fun habit rather than a boring routine, because not only does this make brushing easier for your, but it also sets the base for healthy gums and teeth for a lifetime!