When your child maintains good oral hygiene, their risk of tooth decay, cavities and other dental problems is reduced. If you’re not sure how to brush a child’s teeth, or you have other questions about daily oral care, our dentists can give you advice and recommend oral hygiene products for kids during your child’s visit.
Just like adult teeth, children’s teeth and gums should be gently brushed twice a day for two minutes each time to remove food and plaque. Help to teach your child how to brush with the Macleans brushing app. You can clean a baby’s gums using a soft cloth and water. When their teeth start to appear, you can use a small children’s toothbrush with water, introducing a low-fluoride children’s toothpaste around 18 months and switching to regular toothpaste from 3 years.
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You should start to floss between a child’s teeth as soon as they have two teeth that touch together. Children may need your help brushing and flossing their teeth until around the age of 7 or 8. Some children find an electric toothbrush easier to use than a normal toothbrush, but both types can clean their teeth equally well.
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As well as brushing and flossing teeth, you should also encourage your child to follow a tooth-friendly diet. Here are some Healthy Recipes and Ideas. Fresh fruit and vegetables are full of vitamins that are great for their developing teeth and their general health. Milk and other dairy products rich in calcium can help to strengthen their teeth, as can fluoridated tap water. Sugar should be kept to a minimum, as it feeds bacteria in the mouth and can cause decay.