Oral hygiene is incredibly important – this is true for adults as well as for babies. But when should you start brushing your teeth? And when do you have to go to the dentist for the first time? Here you will find the most important Questions about dental care for children.
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Brushing Teeth Properly
Should You Brush Your Teeth Before The First Tooth?
It is not wrong. You can massage the ridge of your child’s jaw with a moistened cotton swab from birth. You can do this after every meal. This way, the little ones already get used to daily oral hygiene.
Which Toothbrush Is The Right One?
When choosing a toothbrush, pay attention to the manufacturer’s specifications. A soft brush head is gentle on sensitive gums. As soon as the bristles of the toothbrush stick out at an angle, you should buy a new one.
The Right Toothpaste
From the age of six months, a toothpaste containing fluoride is best. This strengthens the tooth enamel and thus protects against caries. However, your child should be able to spit out the toothpaste by itself. If your child takes fluoride tablets, you should choose a flouride-free toothpaste for children.
How Do You Clean Baby Teeth Properly?
The “KAI” rule is recommended. So first the chewing surfaces, then the outer surfaces and the inner surfaces. If your child can already brush its own teeth, you should always brush again.
What Should I Do If The Child Refuses?
Some children refuse to have their teeth brushed. Empathy is needed here. Many children find brushing unpleasant. So take a playful approach to brushing teeth.
Games To Make Brushing Easier
Try rhymes, or a toothbrushing song. You can also give the teeth animal names, or run the egg alarm clock to make sure your child actually brushes for two minutes. You can also brush your teeth at the same time. The child your teeth and you his.
If All Else Fails: Force Children To Brush Their Teeth?
How Often And How Long Should Brushing Be?
You should brush your teeth twice a day and for about 3 minutes. Always in the morning and in the evening. If you have already brushed every tooth after two minutes, that is also fine. However, you should not make exceptions.
When Does My Child Have To Go To The Dentist?
Babies can become infected with caries. This happens, for example, through sharing cutlery. If the milk teeth have already been destroyed by caries, this can also infect the permanent teeth. These can already be affected by the bacteria during eruption. It is therefore important that the milk teeth remain free of caries.
As long as babies are breastfed around the clock and do not have teeth yet, you do not have to pay attention to anything else for the time being. The constant sucking on the bottle and sugary drinks have a rather unfavorable effect on oral hygiene.
Role Model Function
Children learn by imitation. It is therefore advantageous if it always watches you brush its teeth. It learns that this is something that everyone does.