Start Early: Teaching Kids How to Brush
Teaching a child how to properly care for their teeth can seem like a daunting task. Between developing motor skills and the tendency in many children to want to get things over with, it might seem like a losing battle. That’s why the team at Just For Kids Dentistry in Las Vegas came up with this kids dental health primer.
One of the keys is to start early. Good oral health can begin as early as infancy. Even before any teeth have come in, you can wipe your baby’s gums with a soft cloth after each feeding. When teeth appear, keep it up. On average, teeth start coming in around a baby’s first birthday. That’s when we’d like to see them in our office for their first check-up.
Once your child gets more teeth, and in particular once the molars come in, you can start brushing them with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Do it after each meal. This not only cleans the teeth, it gets your young one used to the idea of brushing after eating.
Your child will be ready to begin solo brushing by around the age of four. Kids should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, until about age six. It’s a good idea to brush your teeth with them to demonstrate proper technique. Use small circular motions, and be sure to point out how to angle the brush into the gum line. And make sure they’re getting the front, tops, and sides of their teeth.
The key is to start them early and be consistent. Make it plain that brushing and flossing the teeth are good habits to get in to, and important for preventing cavities.
Equally import is seeing us at Just For Kids Dentistry in Las Vegas every six months for a cleaning and checkup. Dental health and pediatric dentistry are our specialties. Schedule an appointment for your child today.