Children’s toothbrushes are designed for little hands and little teeth! Children’s’ growing smiles go through lots of changes from the time first tooth appears to eruption of all the permanent teeth in your teens. All these changes can make thorough tooth cleaning challenging.
Toothbrushing should start as soon as the first tooth appears in the mouth – around 6 months of age. This is a job for a grown up. Little ones don’t have the manual dexterity to manipulate children’s toothbrushes well enough to clean all surfaces of teeth.
Before even the teeth appear you can prepare your littles ones mouth for the arrival of the teeth. Using BrushBaby xylitol wipes promotes a healthy environment. Fine out more here.
When the first tooth appears, use a toothpaste with at least 1000 ppm fluoride. Use a smear on a dry soft brush to clean all surfaces. Don’t worry about rinsing the paste away. Letting toothpaste linger on the teeth allows the fluoride to work for longer. Find out more about toothbrushing and toothpaste here.
Toothbrushing is the cornerstone of children’s oral hygiene but it is only one part of good oral health care. A healthy diet, controlling sugar frequency and amount and visiting the dentist are important.
All children should have their first dental check up by their first birthday. Even if the dentist can’t get to see in your child’s mouth it is a great opportunity to familiarise them with the environment, get oral care advice from the dental team and identify your ‘dental home’.