Oral Health: Dental Hygiene Tips For Babies, Toddlers and Children
Every February is Children’s Dental Health Month, which serves as a reminder to make sure the little ones are up to date on their dental checkups. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42 percent of children ages 2–11 have cavities in their baby teeth and 21 percent of children ages 6–11 have them in their adult teeth. Teaching proper habits when they are young will help establish good lifelong dental habits.
Babies and Toddlers
There are few things sweeter than a baby’s smile. She learns early on that a bright smile makes everyone happier. While it takes several months for teeth to appear, did you know that oral care should start within a few days of birth?
When an infant is just a few months old, no brushing is required — just gently wipe your baby’s gums each evening with a dampened gauze pad or soft washcloth.
Between six and nine months, the first baby teeth usually appear.
You should gently brush her teeth in circular motions with a soft brush and a tiny drop of non-fluoride toothpaste. Once your baby no longer swallows her toothpaste, you can switch to a paste with fluoride. Begin gently flossing as soon as she has two teeth that touch, and you can schedule her first checkup with a dentist around her first birthday.
Continue to brush her teeth until she is able to brush on her own. Brushing your teeth alongside your child lets her see your good dental habits. If you want to make brushing more fun, let her pick her own flavor of toothpaste. Many children like to copy their parents, so your child may rinse her mouth out with water while you use your Poseidon Oral Irrigator. Remember to check your children’s teeth after they brush and don’t forget to praise them when their teeth look clean!
If you want reinforce the importance of brushing for two full minutes, keep her entertained and play music while she brushes. Once your child can comfortably brush on her own, she may be excited to try our Professional Sonic Toothbrush. It will leave her teeth feeling cleaner than ever before, and the 30-second interval timer will remind her to move to the next area of her mouth.
Old toothbrushes harbor germs and become ineffective as they wear out.
Teach your children the importance of changing to a new toothbrush with our 13 Clean Toothbrush. It includes a new brush head for every month, and she will be excited to swap in a new pink or blue head for a new month of brushing.
Proper dental hygiene, along with regular trips to the dentist, will set your children up for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums!