A guide to brushing and flossing
It’s never too early to start taking care of your children’s dental health. Laying the foundations for good and healthy teeth is vital for your child’s development – not only for their teeth but it can also have long standing impact on their speech development too.
Use a soft cloth to clean your baby’s gums.
Start a few days after birth, and do this until the first teeth come in. Clean the gums and the teeth, when they arrive, by rubbing a clean, damp, cloth along the baby’s upper and lower gums. The easiest way to do this is to lay your child in your lap. Their head should be close to your chest, so you can look down easily into your child’s mouth.
Brush your baby’s teeth from as soon as they show
When your child’s teeth begin to erupt, start brushing them at least two to three times a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and some water. Toothpaste is not recommended until your child turns two. At that time, supervise brushing to ensure that your child doesn’t swallow toothpaste, as too much could be harmful.
Start brushing and flossing early
As soon as your baby has teeth that are touching each other, you should begin flossing. On your first visit to Happy Kids Dental, ask about the correct timing and technique to floss your child’s teeth.
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