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When she was still a baby, her first tooth appearing was a cause of much celebration in your household. Only later do you realize the lethal weapons that had arrived behind those two cute lips! Here are some best ways to brush your little one’s teeth.
Including brushing as a part of the daily schedule can be one of the best habits you teach your preschooler. Dental hygiene is of extreme importance at this age when the milk teeth are forming. You may begin, by using a clean piece of cloth to wipe her jaws every time she has milk. And, subsequently, as age and the number of teeth progress you may graduate onto a toothpaste and toothbrush. It may be best to take the dentist’s opinion on shifting to a toothbrush and seek his recommendation on which toothpaste to use.
The most common mistake made by caregivers is to ignore the health of the milk teeth, as they actually form the base for the health of the new set that come later. Children can begin developing their first tooth any time after four months, and oral and dental hygiene thereafter is of paramount importance.
Tips for Brushing your Little One’s Teeth
1. The Right Equipment
Take time to select the ideal toothbrush for your little one. Even if it isn’t the soft-bristled that cost a bomb, you may try a home remedy by dipping the toothbrush in warm water for five minutes every day before brushing. This makes the bristles soft.
2. The Best Way
You may begin by brushing her teeth once a day and gradually move to twice a day. Involve her in this activity, so she is also excited about it, and it doesn’t become a chore to be completed. Just two minutes of brushing is good enough to kill the germs in your little one’s little mouth.
3. Things to Keep in Mind
While your little one is just a preschooler, you will require no more than a pea-sized bit of toothpaste on the brush. Ensure you reach out to the back of the teeth and the molars, which are most likely to be missed out by your child’s fingers. Replace the toothbrush every three months or as soon as it starts to show the signs of wear and tear.
4. Make it Fun
If your little one doesn’t look forward to brushing her teeth, make it a fun activity. Brushing together in front of the mirror, singing songs with actions, ‘dishoom-dishoom’ sounds can all be suitable games to play while packing off those germs.
5. Keeping The Toothbrush Clean
It is extremely important to keep your little one’s toothbrush extremely clean. Soak it in warm water for a few minutes before use, this makes it clean. Ensure you store the toothbrush with its bristles covered and in an upright manner away from all other brushes. In fact, it is advisable that the bristles of the brushes never touch one another. This negates all chances of germs traveling from one brush to another when storing.
It is important that you explain the importance of having strong teeth and good dental hygiene to your children early on. This will ensure that they brush their teeth well even if they are doing it without supervision. They will also be driven to do it twice a day, without being reminded, when they realize the importance.
When a preschooler is brushing her teeth, it may be best to supervise the process until she is about six years of age. Until such time, her fingers are not deft enough to reach the corners of the mouth.