Tooth brushing for infants and young children requires patience and a soft touch. Your child’s gums are very soft when they are young, and require a delicate touch and a toothbrush with soft bristles. Also, use a toothpaste that is recommended by their pediatrician at Hardy Smiles Pediatric Dentistry or one that use a toothpaste that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
When your child is born, they already have their baby teeth, but they are under the surface of the gums. Around six months of age, the first tooth will erupt. When it is visible, the time to brush them can begin. For children under three, use an amount of toothpaste about the size of a single grain of rice. For children over three, use an amount of toothpaste about the size of a pea. Children will require help brushing their teeth until you feel they are competent enough to accomplish the task effectively on their own. Always instill in them the importance of brushing teeth. This includes brushing your teeth alongside them for support.
Never share toothbrushes or allow them to touch, as contamination can occur. When storing toothbrushes, keep them in separate locations and in areas where airflow is possible. Avoid storing toothbrushes in sealed containers for an extended period of time. Toothbrushes tend to wear out every couple of months, so be sure to replace them as necessary.
Keeping your child’s teeth clean ensures cavities will not be able to harm them. To schedule a professional cleaning with Dr. Troy Hardy and our team at our pediatric office in Lehi, Utah, simply give us a call at 801-331-8449. Let us help you take charge of your future with a healthy smile!