Why Brushing Is Important for Children
It is very important to brush your child’s teeth and there are many reasons behind it. Baby teeth can keep a child’s jaw straight, keep space for adult teeth, and play an important role in learning to chew, smile, and speak. Having healthy teeth also contributes to boosting self-confidence and participation in their educational and social life. Establishing good oral health habits as early as possible will surely help in encouraging their lifelong habits.
If your child’s teeth decay then it has to be removed, which may cause other teeth to move, reducing the space for adult teeth to enter. If bad oral habits persist then their adult teeth are more likely to decay.
When to Start Proper Oral Hygiene for Kids
Many parents want to know that at what age should their kid’s brush and floss their teeth? A good rule is that once your child’s teeth touch each other (usually around two to three years old), they should start flossing as once the teeth reach this point, food particles will be sandwiched between them and promote the growth of bacteria which will lead to the development of dental plaque. Not all children at this age need to floss their teeth, so please consult your dentist.
How to Brush Baby’s Teeth
Good oral care starts before the teeth appear. AAP recommends that after breastfeeding, parents use only water (not toothpaste) to wipe the baby’s gums with a soft towel or baby toothbrush. You can also use the cleaning agent recommended by your dentist. When a child develops his first tooth, parents should brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, and then switch to a child-sized soft toothbrush with a padded head and pea-sized fluoride-free toothpaste.
Stages of Child Development
The first stage of oral care skills (4-24 months)
In order to prevent the accumulation of dental plaque (a soft, sticky bacteria whose deposits accumulate on the teeth and cause tooth decay), parents should regularly scrub the newborn baby with a wet towel after all feedings (breast milk or bottle). When a child develops his first tooth, parents should brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, and then switch to a child-sized soft toothbrush with a padded head and pea-sized fluoride-free toothpaste.
Oral Care Tips Stage 2 (2-4 years)
Children two years of age and older should use fluoride toothpaste to help in the development of the teeth. After the child is two years old, encourage them to brush their teeth. However, parents should still follow up and brush them again to make sure they are clean. If the child refuses to brush their teeth, parents need to be creative and make the process fun, such as “searching for treasure behind the teeth.” Of course, using themed brushes with cartoon characters that your child likes can make brushing their teeth more fun.