Little ones never fail to keep us on our toes! And for some of us, we enjoy the excitement and spontaneity that kiddos bring, but for others, having some guidance can be a lifesaver.
When it comes to looking after your child or toddler’s dental health, it always helps to know a few things beforehand, especially because their teeth, just like the rest of their bodies, are constantly changing. Get in touch with our dental office in Irvine to learn more about pediatric dentistry.
Did you know that you should start brushing your toddler’s teeth sooner than you think is appropriate? That’s right; the potential for tooth decay to manifest is always there, even if your baby only has a single tooth! Helping them keep their teeth and gums clean and teaching them how to do so correctly is an essential life skill that they will be grateful for when they’re older.
Addressed below are some frequently asked questions that parents have about brushing their children’s teeth. And if you need further clarification, don’t be afraid to speak with a dentist near you.
Do I brush my infant’s gums?
You should be your toddler’s oral cavity every day, and this mainly includes their gums since it takes a while for their baby teeth to come in. The ADA (American Dental Association) suggests that parents do this just a few days after they are born. You can use a wet cloth to wipe your baby’s gums too.
Proper, consistent brushing helps them become familiar with the practice of dental cleanings – and they’ll feel less nervous before visiting an Irvine dental office for this same treatment – and why it’s important to stay healthy.
When should I brush my baby’s teeth?
Dentists recommended brushing baby teeth after their first tooth emerges; this typically happens around the 6-month mark. This is also when you can introduce toothpaste. Even if your baby only has a single tooth, plaque and bacteria can still begin to amalgamate.
How do I brush baby teeth?
A soft-bristled brush is certainly the way to go. Use a very small dot of toothpaste and move the brush in a circle for at least 2 minutes. Do this once in the morning and once at night. If necessary, floss your kid’s teeth too (if they have some teeth that are touching).
Help your child with their teeth until they reach an age when they can do it themselves. If you need any advice or assistance, reach out to our Irvine dental clinic. Our staff is here to aid you however we can.
What should I do if my child refuses to brush their teeth?
Kids can be adorable, but they can also be stubborn. If your child or toddler is refusing to cooperate with you, try using to “knee to knee” tactic; this is when two adults sit with their knees pressed together. The baby is stretched out between their laps and one adult lift’s their lips to access their teeth. The second adult distracts or reassures the baby.
Our pediatric dentists here at our dental office in Irvine are great resources if you’re finding it difficult to look after your child’s oral health. Phone them today!
How can I make brushing fun?
Ah yes, the age-old problem when it comes to kids: keeping them entertained. Here are some tricks you can try:
- Take turns with your child. For example, you brush your child’s teeth and then they try following your lead.
- Encourage your child to “brush” their favorite stuffed animal’s smile.
- Play some funky music; such is sure to put them in a good mood! Once the song is done, they can stop brushing.
- Take your child to pick out a colorful brush that’s just for them! Keeping them engaged will make the entire process easier for you and more fun for them.
Enforcing good oral health habits earlier is crucial. Here at our Irvine Orthodontics Clinic, our staff is ready and willing to assist you and your family with all your needs. If you’re interested in booking an appointment, stop by our practice in person or head to our website. We’ll talk with you soon!