Start Brushing Early And Often With Your Kids For Good Habits Later On!

Proper oral hygiene starts at an early age. From the time your child gets their first tooth, you should be using age-appropriate techniques to clean their teeth.

There are a variety of products available for cleaning the teeth of babies. As your child gets older, you can start using a toothbrush and pea-sized amounts of toothpaste. Remember to teach your child to spit the toothpaste out and rinse with water.

You should also supervise your child until he or she is old enough to brush on his own. By starting the habit early, your child will grow up knowing how important it is to take good care of their teeth.

Starting the dental care process young will help make it easier for your child to have good habits for the rest of their life. Make sure you brush your child’s teeth twice a day and after meals. When they are old enough to brush on their own, make sure to remind them when to brush. Make it a habit and a rule. You should also start visits to the dentist at the time you see the first tooth.

Years back, it was believed that children did not need to visit a dentist until they were five years old. However, with the changing times and so much added sugar in foods, it is essential to start dental care as soon as the first tooth comes in.

By visiting a dentist from an early age, your child will learn that there is nothing to be afraid of when it is time for a checkup. Your dentist can also give you tips on the proper way to brush teeth. By having a solid dental care routine, your child will have less risk of tooth decay and other dental problems.

The oral health of your child is just as important as their physical health. Start the habit young and you will avoid problems in the future.  Here are a few tips to help get them started on the right track.

Brush with your child — Stand next to your child in front of the bathroom mirror and brush together. It’s a nice time together, and your child can mimic your brushing technique.

Fun toothbrushes — There are lots of great-looking children’s brushes available in stores. Be sure to choose a toothbrush that’s small enough for your child to hold comfortably, with a small, rounded head and very soft, polished bristles. You’ll probably have to replace toothbrushes every three to four months (more often for preschoolers who tend to chew while they brush!). For babies, a soft finger toothbrush is easy for you to use.

Tasty toothpaste — For children under 4, choose a product formulated especially for children, like Baby Orajel Tooth and Gum Cleanser. It has a special mild flavor that babies and toddlers love, in Fruit or Apple-Banana. It’s also safe to swallow and non-abrasive. So tooth and gum care is easier and more fun

Count as you brush — Count out loud as you brush each tooth: “Tooth number one is all clean! Tooth number two is all clean! Here comes tooth number three!” This is entertaining for your child, and a good way to practice counting.

Say Ahhhhh!— You can’t say “ahhh” with your mouth closed. As you brush his or her teeth, encourage your child to say “ahhh,” varying the pitch, tone, and rhythm to keep things interesting.

Bring a friend —At bedtime, kids may want to invite a favorite stuffed animal into the bathroom to watch as they brush.

Tell a toothy story— Kids love to hear favorite stories again and again. Try making up a special short story that you tell only during teeth-brushing time. It can be simple and silly, like this one:

“Once there was a little girl (or boy) who had very, very dirty teeth! Oh no! said the little girl. What should I do? Boo hoo! Boo hoo! (At this point, your child can supply the sound effects.) Then all at once, a magic fairy appeared and said, I have a special treat for you! It’s a magic toothbrush! Hooray! said the little girl (boy). The magic toothbrush jumped up and brushed the dirty teeth just like this (you brush teeth), until they were as shiny as the stars in the sky. This made the little girl (boy) smile the biggest smile in the whole wide world — just like this smile right now. (Your child smiles a big smile at the mirror.) The end.”

Make a sticker poster— Hang a piece of bright construction paper on the bathroom wall. Each time your child has a thorough brushing, he or she can choose a sticker or star and put it on the poster. You can also have your child color in Thomas, Percy, James and Gordon on our Thomas & Friends “Brushing Chart”

Sing a toothy song —Make up a silly song to sing every time you brush. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece.

We enjoy being able to provide the best dental care possible to the people of Bee Cave, Lakeway and other surrounding Lake Travis areas!  If you have any questions, feel free to call and schedule and appointment today (512) 992-2822.  Rigby Advanced Dental is here to take care of all your dental needs.

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