Keeping Your Kids’ Teeth Healthy

Dental Hygiene For Kids

If you are a new parent then you already know the excitement your life takes on when these little rascals enter the world. Your life becomes full of firsts and milestones and it can be hard to keep up with all the changes that are constantly happening around you. Most people see those first few teeth pop up in their little one’s mouth and start thinking about brushing and dental hygiene but a surprising number of people don’t realize that that process in fact should start long before the first tooth even breaks the surface.

One of the most important things you can do for your kids is to instill good dental habits early on.

One of the most important things you can do for your kids is to instill good dental habits early on.

When a baby is born it is usually already has up to 20 teeth in its mouth some of which are fully formed they are just beneath the gum line. This does not mean that they do not require attention however. Running a damp washcloth over the gums helps to keep bacteria from building up and most babies like the feel of it. It can even help reduce the pain of teething. Once the teeth start to appear they can be brushed with an infant toothbrush and a very small amount of toothpaste. This should be done once a day just before they go to bed. Once the first tooth appears it is time for your child to see a dentist. At the very least the first dentist visit should happen before your child hits their first birthday.

Once your child hits the age of 2 they should be able to spit toothpaste on their own. This means they should be able to brush their teeth by themselves using a small amount of toothpaste. A large part of maintaining proper tooth health is to set habits. It is easy to “brush off” brushing if it is not part of your regular routine so it is important to get your children started early when it comes to making them responsible for brushing their own teeth twice a day. Ultimately you will not be able to watch over your child as they get older to make sure they are brushing properly twice a day so setting the precedent early is key to make sure they continue the process.

There is no way to ensure that your child will not have to have major dental work at some point in their lives but proper hygiene practices from the beginning goes a long way towards decreasing the chances and maintaining a healthy mouth. There may be pushback but if you stick with it and reinforce proper brushing habits you will be seeing your child’s pretty smile for a long time to come!

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