Should the Child Brush Their Teeth Under the Age of 3? How, When, and Why?
There is a misconception that brushing children’s teeth is not for kids under the age of 3. After all, they will still fall out, so how to brush teeth for kids is something you must learn.
It seems that not everyone knows that if you don’t brush your teeth from early childhood, it can affect the condition of your permanent teeth.
Why should the child brush their teeth so early?
Temporary teeth are very vulnerable to cariogenic factors, and the risk of early cavities increases. The infection can spread not only to the neighboring temporary teeth but also to the rudiments of permanent teeth. Besides, bacteria in the mouth cavity multiply, increasing the risk of stomatitis, otitis media, tonsillitis, and pharyngitis.
When should the child start brushing their teeth?
The child brushing their teeth should start as soon as the first tooth has erupted. In the beginning, mom is doing this procedure. A bit later, the child can do it on their own. Usually, they start doing it at the age of 5.
If children are eager to brush their teeth by themselves earlier, it’s not always done properly. That’s why parents have to control the process of brushing teeth up to the age of 12-14.
How should you brush your child’s teeth? Which brush to choose?
Nowadays, you can find plenty of hygiene products on the market, which helps to organize this process much faster and easier:
You can use special wipes for the child’s oral hygiene to remove the plaque. They clean the teeth, gums, lips, and prevent thrush.
You shouldn’t use cotton wool because it scratches the child’s delicate teeth and leaves fibers in the mouth.
Use a special silicone finger to brush the child’s teeth under the age of 1.
For children over 1 year, a classic brush is OK. It must have soft bristles, a small head, and a short, comfortable handle.
If the child doesn’t still have complementary feeding, then use a special tasteless gel for cleaning the child’s oral cavity or the gel that tastes like milk. And for children who already have complementary feeding, you can buy children’s fruit or berry kinds of toothpaste.
Don’t forget about the tongue because the majority of bacteria are particularly there. Clean the tongue with a piece of gauze or special “ribs” on the back of the toothbrush. So here’s all you need to know about how to brush your teeth for kids.
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