As soon as your baby starts getting teeth you must start brushing them. You can brush them with a soft cloth wrapped around your finger. Ask your dentist when the best time to switch to a soft little toothbrush is.
Below I’m going to give you some tips for looking after your baby’s teeth.
When you are brushing your kid’s teeth use a soft bristled toothbrush and for a softer feeling in your kid’s mouth soak the toothbrush in some warm water before using.
If you want to use toothpaste to brush your kid’s mouth, only use a rice size amount. You may increase the size to a pea size when your kid turns 3 years old.
Make sure you brush your kid’s teeth twice a day. In the morning when he/she gets up and just before he/she goes to bed. Spend 2 minutes on your kid’s teeth to make sure that you have properly brushed it. When brushing makes sure you Brush the back molars a lot more than the rest of the mouth because that is the first place where cavities develop.
It is better to replace a toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. Or even sooner if you see it's busy showing signs that it’s almost worn. Don’t share your or your child’s toothbrush with other people ever.
You can start flossing your kid’s teeth as soon as there are two teeth touching. It may be easier to use floss sticks than to use string floss. Floss your kid’s teeth only once a day.
After your kid turns 6, they may use a fluoride rinse. Just ask your dentist which kind is best, although, you may also use natural rinses. Find out from your dentist what your child’s fluoride needs are. Just to say, fluoride is safe for your kid in small amounts. Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps keep your kid’s teeth protected, and strengthens it as well.
If you start using fluoride in your kid’s life, try and use it from a young age because it will give extra protection in the future. Sometimes, there is even fluoride in the water you drink. To make sure if your water contains fluorides, call your local water authority. If your water does not contain fluoride, then ask your dentist if you need to get fluoride treatment for your child.
Your paediatric dentist will have great treatments for cavities, decay in teeth and fluoride treatments.
If you have a filter in your tap, find out if the water filter you are using removes the fluorides. Or, take a sample of your water to your local laboratory to test for fluoride.
Mouthwash is not really recommended for children that are not capable of spitting it out. Therefore, to be sure your child does not swallow it wait until your child is 6 or 7 years old. Mouthwash can help a lot with tooth decay and cavities.
If your child can not spit the mouthwash out yet, you can use water. After every meal let your child rinses out their mouth with water. The water will help to get rid of the larger pieces of food that are still left in his/her mouth. You could also give them a quarter of an apple to eat as it assists in removing food particles stuck to their teeth.
There is going to come a time that your kid is going to want to brush his/her teeth on their own. Let your kid brush his/her teeth and then afterward you can give it a quick brush-over his/her teeth. Because they still small they can’t quite brush their own teeth well. Up until your kid is about 8 you will want to help him/her with brushing and cleaning their teeth.