Parents, when do we start brushing baby's teeth?!
You can actually begin by gently wiping your baby's gums with a washcloth after feedings! When your child's first tooth erupts, it's time to begin brushing with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day. Continue brushing your child's teeth until you're confident that they can brush on their own. At that time, supervise toothbrushing time — making sure they use the right amount of toothpaste, reminding them not to swallow the toothpaste, and following up by brushing any places they might have missed.
Step 1: Apply the right amount of toothpaste. The ADA recommends a rice-sized smear for children ages 0 to 3 years and a pea-size amount for children ages three and up.
Step 2: Angle the toothbrush 45 degrees. The toothbrush should be facing towards the gums of the upper or lower teeth.
Step 3: Move the brush gently back and forth with short, tooth-size strokes. Continue this technique for the interior, exterior, and chewing surfaces of the teeth.
Step 4: Hold the toothbrush in a vertical position to brush the front teeth. Make sure to clean the front and back.
Step 5: Brush the tongue to remove bacteria from the surface.
How long should you brush your child's teeth? 2 minutes of teeth brushing twice a day should help remove harmful plaque and prevent tooth decay. Don't forget to pause and let them spit!
Don't forget to schedule your baby's FIRST DENTAL APPOINTMENT HERE AT HARTE DENTAL for their "FIRST TOOTH or their FIRST BIRTHDAY!"
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