How to brush your kids teeth!
Brushing your kids teeth can often be a battle....and with everything you need to do on a daily basis, it can get tiresome! But, it is really important to establish good oral care right from the start!
Before your infant has any teeth, you can simply wipe their gums with a soft cloth at bath time. Many babies love this because they like sucking the water off the cloth! It is important to start early as it helps prepare your baby for the teeth cleaning that will follow!
When your child's teeth break through, this is the time to start brushing with a toothbrush! We have toothbrushes available for all ages, so you are always welcome to come in and we will happily provide you with one. You are also welcome to make an appointment if you would like a hands-on demonstration of how to brush your child's teeth.
Toothpaste is not important initially, the important thing is to get your child brushing! When a child is not able to spit, the toothpaste you will choose will be one WITHOUT fluoride. When your child is able to spit and you are confident they will not swallow the toothpaste, you can choose a toothpaste with fluoride. A pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste can be used when you help your child brush their teeth twice a day.
When we brush, we are aiming to remove plaque from all surfaces of our teeth (inner, outer and chewing). The proper brushing technique involves placing the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle along all these surfaces. Consider using a soft, circular motion. You can complete the brushing by doing the tongue to help freshen their breath!
If you are having difficulty brushing your child's teeth, consider trying some of the following techniques to help!
Singing a song (see links below for demonstrations)
Model the behaviour: you brush your teeth and than brush your child's
Have them brush first to learn and then you can go and brush to make sure they did a thorough job!
Links to songs about brushing your teeth!
A great song by Oregon's Dental Association -- "Teach me How to Brushy"