Establishing good oral habits early is essential to your children’s long-term oral health. At a young age, children’s teeth are very vulnerable to decay and other formational dental issues. To ensure their continued oral health, good habits must be established. As their parent, you can help establish those habits by helping them learn to brush their teeth at age-appropriate milestones.
You should begin gently brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they come into the mouth. Use a soft-bristled brush that is small enough to reach all surfaces in your child’s mouth, and a bead of toothpaste no larger than a grain of rice.
Sometime between ages one and two your child’s teeth will begin to grow close enough to touch. At that point, you should begin gently flossing their teeth. You child should also have their first visit to our dentist’s office sometime before they are two.
Around the age of 3, you can encourage your child to begin to brush their teeth regularly on their own. Make a game of brushing. Talk about how you’re getting rid of the cavity monsters and have them show you when you’re done.
Another thing you can do is have them play dentist with their toys and brush and floss the toy’s teeth. Let them choose a fun novelty brush that they would like to use. You can use disclosing tablets to show them where the plaque in their mouths is. This will help them understand why they brush and how they need to brush to get all of it off.
To learn more about caring for your child’s teeth, please contact Sossaman Family Dental in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Elena M. Alexander, Dr. Jared Mayer, and Dr. Timothy Yu will be happy to assist you.