It’s important to look after your children’s teeth, but for parents, it can be difficult to know just how much dental care they need.
The Standard reports that one in three UK children have rotten teeth, so we have a look at some tips to help look after your children’s teeth.
When Should Kids Start Brushing Their Teeth?
Good dental care starts before your baby’s first tooth appears. You might not be able to see them, but their teeth are there. Your baby will have 20 primary teeth at birth, some of which are fully developed in the jaw. Here’s when and how to care for baby’s teeth:
- Even before your baby starts teething, run a clean, damp washcloth over the gums to clear away harmful bacteria.
- Once baby’s teeth start coming through, brush them with an infant toothbrush. Use water and a tiny bit of fluoride toothpaste, no more than about the side of a grain of rice.
- When two of the baby’s teeth start to touch, then you should start flossing between them.
- At around age two, your child should learn to spit while brushing. Avoid giving them water to swish around their mouths first, as it will make them more likely to swallow the toothpaste.
- Children aged three and over should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
- Supervise children under 8 to ensure they do not swallow the toothpaste.
When Should Kids See a Dentist?
As your children grow, plan routine dental checkups anywhere from once every three months to once a year, depending on your dentist's recommendations. Keeping sugary foods in check, encouraging regular brushing and flossing, and working with your dentist will lead to good dental health.
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