Let’s start with the basics such as which toothbrush is best? There are so many to choose from!
Children need to use a child’s size toothbrush. These are designed specifically for the size and shape of a child’s mouth and hands. For example, a large handle can help children control their toothbrush. Soft bristles with rounded ends provide gentle cleaning of teeth and delicate gum tissue. Bright colours or fun patterns can help encourage brushing and make oral care fun.
Children under the age of 6 should be supervised whilst brushing their teeth. They should use a toothbrush which has soft or extra soft bristles as harsh abrasive movement can harm the gums or teeth as they will still be set high in the jaw bone. A brush with a larger handle allows the child to make sure they have a sufficient grip of the brush before experimenting with it in their mouths as they will have total control of the brush, under your supervision. Aim to make this a morning and night exercise that becomes part of your child’s daily routine, so they will develop the habit of looking after their own teeth effectively.
What’s the best toothpaste to use?
One of the best ways to keep your child’s oral hygiene in the best condition is by getting a toothpaste that has been specifically made for their age group. As an example, Colgate have different toothpastes that are made for the age ranges 0 to 3 years. 4 to 6 years and 6 years +. However for a child the taste is particularly important as if they think the tooth paste tastes ‘nasty’ having their teeth brushed will an become an ordeal that they do not look forward to and potentially turn them off looking after their teeth in later life. So it is probably worth while shopping around to find a toothpaste that is designed for the age of your child that has a taste they like.
Keeping this in mind it would be best to use a mint flavoured toothpaste as the child gets older, because all adult toothpastes are mint flavoured, so it would be a good idea to get your child used to the minty flavour from an early age.
How to use toothpaste safely but effectively for young children?
Until your child turns 2, use a dot of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. After the second birthday, you can use a pea-size amount. For children age 5 and older, use an amount the size of a small bean. To avoid giving your child too much fluoride, be sure to follow these recommendations.
The taste and texture of toothpaste is very important at this age, so choose one they like the taste and feel of.
The second part of this Blog will cover the brushing technique and how to keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy.
If you have any concerns about your child’s teeth or oral health then you should give the caring and professional team @Smile a call and arrange an appointment. Starting your child while they are young will help avoid them having any fear or reluctance to visit the dentist in later life. For more details about @Smile click here.
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