When should you begin?
In the initial days, when there are no teeth, the gum pads should be wiped with a moist, soft cloth or gauze square at least twice a day, especially before sleeping. Once your child’s first tooth erupts, use a soft finger brush with just a smear of toothpaste (recommended for kids) and press it beneath the bristles and when 6 to 8 teeth are visible use pea size toothpaste.
Children should use brushes with soft, rounded bristles for gentle cleaning. Change to a new brush about every three months. And be sure to ask your pediatric dentist about child-friendly flavoured toothpaste.
“My kid hates brushing and doesn’t allow me to brush” is not something that you are facing alone. For most kids, getting them to brush their teeth can be a task. Although every child can make ‘his own reasons’ for not brushing, there are a few tricks that can come handy:
- Brush your teeth at the same time
- Let them choose their toothbrush with their favourite character/model and a toothpaste with flavor of his choice.
- Make it fun for them by adding games, sand timers, tooth brushing charts/calenders etc.
- Show them that how much you enjoy brushing your teeth and be a role model. Kids love imitating their parents.
- Read books and show videos of other children of similar ages brushing happily.
- Make a tooth brushing routine and stick to it.
- Encourage them and don’t make brushing look like punishment. Avoid subtle threatening that they will be sent to dentist if they don’t brush.