How to teach your child to brush their teeth

Pediatric dentists are convinced that the child is able to properly and thoroughly clean your teeth by about eight years. But to impart skills on the oral hygiene is necessary much earlier, even before the first tooth.

Many parents question the need for nursing care for baby teeth since they will eventually fall out. However, the known fact that the damage of the first teeth has a direct impact on the rudiments of permanent teeth. In inflammatory processes in primary teeth and some permanent teeth may not grow or not grow in its place. Moreover, with dental caries of the permanent infection of the body and its sensitization help to reduce the immune response and the development of chronic tonsillitis, rheumatism, diseases of the kidneys, joints, gastrointestinal tract and the weakening of eyesight.

Care for baby teeth is primarily daily brushing and not a medical event “after the fact” to save the tooth from decay. Therefore, parents so it is important to begin teaching your child to brush and be patient, but persistent and consistent in instilling good habits.

Ideally, brushing the child teaches the pediatric dentist. But it can be carried out not earlier than in 3-4 years when he would be consciously perceive information. And to start oral cleansing is necessary before the appearance of the first tooth of the baby!

But what if the child explained it, bought a toothbrush and delicious pasta dishes, brushing teeth it not?

Often mothers complain that they themselves are well aware of the need for careful care of baby teeth, regularly tell children, buy bright brush heads, but nevertheless brushing your teeth kids and don’t want or are actively opposed to this process, or get a few “formal” motions brush. How to be in this case?

First of all, parents need to take these moods calm and understand that the child protests are not out of the blue. Want to know how it feels to be 5-year-old child, who are you trying to make brushing teeth proper sweeping motions? Try cleaning your teeth with your left hand if you are right handed. For sure after this experiment, you will be much more tolerant of the child.

But most importantly for laying skills — time to start. To care for baby teeth should be immediately after the appearance of the first tooth. This is especially important for children on artificial feeding, and for those who night drinking formula milk, juice or yogurt — these drinks contribute to the development of bottle tooth decay. Twice a day and always after a night of feeding carefully obturate teeth with a damp cotton swab dipped in boiled water with gauze or pediatric dental tissue. Pay special attention to the transition to the gums, and — if already cut a lot of teeth — chewing surfaces and between teeth.

When the baby is about two years, can teach him to rinse his mouth after eating. Let him for training toothbrush (thick handle with a small head, soft synthetic bristles), first without the pasta. Of course, he will only chew on it, but at the same time get used to use this item regularly and do their teeth. The quality of cleaning you have to watch yourself, as carefully and correctly, children begin to brush your teeth by about eight years.

So, a few rules for parents:

Brushing your teeth is a game!

The easiest way to teach a child to brush their teeth is to make this process exciting. The child should not think of brushing as a difficult and unpleasant duty.

Arming against caries

Together with the child buy beautiful a child’s toothbrush in accordance with its age. Then purchase a children’s toothpaste that has a pleasant taste of ice cream, chewing gum, Cola, fruit or berries.

Mother asks for help

Let your child brush their teeth on their own, even if he is poor so far. And so he was used to doing this correctly, ask him to clean your teeth or teeth favorite doll.

Show hocus pocus!

Take the child to the dental clinic where dental hygienist. He has a special tool, which covers the teeth, and then asked the child to brush his teeth. After that show him in the mirror or on the monitor colour stains that are left unpeeled. Very clearly, absolutely harmless: the dye is designed to teach children about oral hygiene.

Start brushing teeth as soon as they came through. First, use a silicone brush, worn on the finger of an adult, with 10 months use a special baby toothbrush. It should be changed at least 1 time in 3 months. It is advisable to brush your teeth with your child to control the process of cleaning the teeth and, if necessary, to help him.

Milk teeth and permanent, brush at least twice a day. If after a meal can not brush your teeth, apply baby mouthwash for the oral cavity, a dental wipes for teeth, etc. These “lethal weapons” is good because it is usually pleasant to the taste, are well accepted by children and contain xylitol for the recovery of the microflora in the mouth and oppression of carious bacteria.

For example, dental wipes for Spiffies teeth allow unobtrusive to teach young children to oral hygiene, which is very important for overall health. These wipes are a convenient means of personal hygiene of children aged 4-15 months. until the child gets used to the toothbrush. Rinse your mouth after using the wipes is not necessary, as in the composition of the solution includes xylitol, which helps prevent tooth decay.


During the period of teething, you can store some amount of dental tissues in the refrigerator, cool wipes will help to ease the pain in the inflamed gums of the baby.

Thorough brushing of teeth twice a day can prevent many problems in the mouth, but just when she is regular. At all desire to occasionally treat the child (in honor of the weekend, holiday, arrival of guests), it is important not to give in important for his health things and to instill in him the need to care for your teeth. Your baby will be able to smile his beautiful and charming smile if you get used to the idea that after meals and at bedtime, his teeth must be brushed.

It is very important that oral hygiene has become part of the daily routine of the child, rather than an event. Try to keep the kid was minding my own teeth are not “under duress”, or in adolescence it can out of a sense of protest to abandon brushing imposed by parents, and will work trouble with health.

In addition, do not forget about the educational power of the good example! It is better discipline to brush your teeth in the presence of a child twice a day without any discounts for laziness, busyness or fatigue. It will affect the baby much stronger than the tale of the Tooth Fairy and scary stories about the “carious monsters”.

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