Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene And Teeth Brushing For Baby And Toddlers

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Should I brush my baby’s teeth?

You can start to clean a baby’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears for dental hygiene. As more teeth develop, brush the child’s teeth with a soft toothbrush and water. No need to use toothpaste just yet! It may also be a good idea to sit in front of a mirror, that way you and your baby can see what you’re doing. Start off with very gentle, circular motion around all the teeth and all areas of the gums.

How can I get my toddler to clean his teeth?

It is important to start this activity when your child is young. One way to make it easier is by trying to make cleaning teeth a fun activity! Try different things such as letting your child brush your teeth and follow the below tips;

  1. Start the  oral hygiene at an early age.
  2. Always set a good example by brushing your own teeth
  3. Try to make tooth brushing into a game that you play together
  4. Remind the child of the importance of dental hygiene
  5. Always use age appropriate sized tooth brushes

 When should toddlers start to use toothpaste?

Children can be switched to fluoride toothpaste as soon as their teeth start to come in. However, only a small, grain-sized amount of paste is necessary to adequately clean a toddler’s teeth. This is also to avoid excess fluoride consumption if the child were to accidentally swallow the toothpaste while brushing. Try to avoid having your child swallow fluoride toothpaste when possible, although a small amount is usually harmless. With children under age 3 clean their teeth with water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Parents should first start out supervising brushing until the child becomes more comfortable and develops the correct habits.

 Is the fluoride in toothpaste bad for toddlers?

It is generally safe for your child to swallow a small amount of fluoride toothpaste although it should be avoided if possible.  When children regularly swallow larger amounts of toothpaste, the excessive consumption of fluoride can cause dental fluorosis, which causes white stains on the teeth.

 What age should I take my baby to the dentist for the first time?

Babies should be taken to a dentist for pediatric care before their first birthday, since putting it off longer increases the child’s risk of developing plaque buildup or cavities. Some parents might think because baby teeth will eventually fall out there is no point in caring for them. The truth is that although you can’t see them, the child’s teeth are constantly developing so it is important to have a dental hygiene  &  check to see that everything is growing normally. You should take your children to a Highline Dental. We try to make sure the appointment goes as smooth as possible, and work to alleviate child patients’ anxiety and fears. Dentist such as Dr. Albert Kim are board-certified to help handle your child’s needs.

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