July 14th, 2015
When your baby starts cutting teeth, you can begin to brush them. Getting into a good tooth brushing routine will ensure your child will look after their teeth as they grow older and you can help them during this process.
Looking after your child’s teeth
You only need to use a small amount of toothpaste to brush your child’s teeth. Your child may not enjoy having their teeth brushed at first but persistence is key and they will soon get into the routine of looking after their teeth and gums. It’s best to clean their teeth twice a day to set it in stone for when they grow older. When your baby first starts teething, try putting a little toothpaste on your finger and gently clean their teeth with it. As they start to get more teeth, you can purchase a toothbrush for them. If you want to make cleaning their teeth a fun experience then opt for a Bugbrush which will make the process more enjoyable for them. The Bugbrush has super soft bristles and can be used by babies as it’s suitable for small hands. You can help them to clean their teeth to begin with until they’re able to do it for themselves.
Preventing tooth decay
Sugar is the main cause of tooth decay in children. Those who eat a lot of sugar or sweets will be more at risk of suffering from tooth decay than those who only eat sugar as a treat. Drinks are also full of sugar so it’s important to check the sugar content before you let your child sip it. Those in a sippy cup or bottle are extremely damaging as they cause sugar to come into contact with the teeth for a longer period of time.
What to avoid
Giving too many biscuits or sweets as snacks. Try to encourage fruit low in natural sugar or vegetable finger foods instead. Giving sweet treats throughout the day. If you’re going to give your child a sweet treat then aim for just once a day. Sugary/sweetened drinks and those with aspartamePrevious: Protecting Your Baby’s Teeth Next: Tooth Friendly Snacks for Children