Learning how to brush our teeth
As soon as your baby’s first tooth comes in, get him used to the idea of tooth brushing, which must be done very thoroughly.
Although milk teeth fall out to make room for permanent teeth, you should not think that they don’t need brushing, and remember that proper dental hygiene right from the start ensures the correct development of dental arches.
Teaching your children to brush their teeth is part of their personal hygiene and is also the best way to ensure their health. Brushing teeth affects the tongue and jaw, as well as the rest of the body.
But how do we get them used to the idea of tooth brushing?
Until the age of 12 months, simply use a piece of damp gauze to clean their teeth and tongue after their last feed before bed. As more teeth come through, start using a proper, age-appropriate toothbrush with soft bristles, and then start using a tiny amount of toothpaste from the age of two.
The best way to teach your children how to brush their teeth is to make tooth brushing fun. Allow them to choose their brush from the wonderfully colourful range of fun characters. Brush your teeth together, turning it into a game to see how many funny faces you can make or who takes the longest to brush their teeth. Teach them to brush from top to bottom on the top arch and from bottom to top on the lower arch. You children will have fun and will want to copy you.
Your children should use children's toothpaste that contains the correct quantity of fluoride, and is not harmful if swallowed.
It will take time for your child to learn how to brush his teeth on his own, but if you teach him correctly, it will become part of his daily routine.
When he starts to brush his teeth on his own, praise him and tell him he’s getting big now, which will encourage him to brush his teeth properly every day!