Did you know that dentists recommend you start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as their first tooth appears?
Usually, childrens’ first tooth break through when they are around 6 months old. As soon as you see that first tooth, you should start brushing your baby’s teeth twice a day – in the morning and in the evening – in order to get your baby used to daily brushing routines. For a small child, teeth brushing is a completely new experience! When you help your child get used to having a toothbrush in their mouth twice a day, that is a big and important step on their way to developing a good oral hygiene routine.
It is important to make the routine a positive experience right from the start. Children love trying out things themselves. Let your child hold a toothbrush, play with it and try to brush their own teeth – it will make the whole process more fun! After a while, your child will look forward to it.
Is your baby biting down on the toothbrush, making it hard to brush properly? This is completely normal. Biting on a toothbrush is an instinctive behaviour to help soothe their gums as their new teeth begin to break through. Just make sure you choose a toothbrush that is soft, gentle and safe for new teeth and sensitive gums. Brushing your child’s teeth should be fun and easy!
Remember to use the right amount of toothpaste – no more than the size of a pea for small children