If you have a little one then you will be definitely wondering when is the right time to start using a toothbrush and toothpaste. As a new mom we have so many questions and today I’m going to answer a few queries that all of us have doubts about.
When Can I Start Brushing My Baby’s Teeth?
As soon as your baby’s first tooth pops, you can start using to a toothbrush. Choose one with a:
- Soft brush
- Small head
- Large handle
- Or a Finger brush
As soon as teeth erupt you should start using a toothbrush with just water without any toothpaste. Brush gently all around your child’s baby teeth in a front and back motion.
You should brush your baby’s teeth until he or she is old enough to hold the brush. Continue to supervise the process until your child can rinse and spit without assistance. That usually happens at around age 6 years.
Can Baby Teeth Decay?
Yes, they can! So keep a lookout for any signs of baby tooth decay like brown or white spots or pits on the teeth. The common reason for tooth decay in babies is bottle feeding and in kids aged 2 years and more is frequent snacking and eating sweets Even if there isn’t a problem, your child should go for his or her first dentist visit once they turn 1 year old.
The dentist can give you advice about:
- Baby tooth care
- Baby bottle tooth decay
- Thumb sucking
Things To Remember While Brushing Their Teeth
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends using cavity-preventing fluoride toothpaste starting from 18 months. Before that use only water no toothpaste.
- Use a rice-grain-sized smear of toothpaste for your baby or toddler, graduating to a pea-sized dollop by the time they turn 3 years old. Don’t worry if your baby swallows some of the toothpaste (as she almost certainly will) — in such a small quantity, it won’t cause any damage.
- Starting in the second year, encourage your child to spit out toothpaste after brushing, but not rinse. We recommend you encourage them to learn to spit the toothpaste out properly before asking them to learn how to rinse since kids tend to take everything in and don’t know how to spit.
- Clean all surfaces of the teeth and gums twice a day (after breakfast and before bed.
Best Finger Brush:
Chicco soft toothbrush or any other brand brush with super soft bristles.