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Brush,Floss and Clean Childrens Teeth

How to Brush How to Floss and How to Clean Childrens Teeth

As young children are not able to clean their own teeth, it is left to the parents to be responsible for looking after a child’s teeth when they are young. Generally it is recommended that when a child is old enough to write their own name, a child is only then ready to begin brushing on their own. As they begin to brush their own teeth, it is common for a child to brush too roughly or to brush incorrectly. Therefore it once again becomes the parent’s responsibility to make sure their child is brushing properly.

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How to Clean your Child’s Mouth?

To begin with, you should start cleaning your child’s mouth even before your child has teeth. How to do this is simple. Lie your baby in a comfortable place, make sure that you have visibility into the baby’s mouth, and then use a soft baby brush or wrap your finger in a clean, damp washcloth to wipe your baby’s gums and teeth. When a child begins to have teeth, brushing correctly becomes a big part of managing their oral health. How to brush correctly in this case is to hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, pointing the bristles to where the teeth and gum meet, and then to use gentle circles to clean every surface of every tooth. ‘Gentle’ is key. Doing this too hard can hurt the gums. Do not scrub.

What Brush to Choose?

In terms of what toothbrush you want to consider purchasing, find a brush that is soft with rounded bristles. Set up a notification for yourself to buy a new toothbrush for yourself and your child at least every three or four months. Children can be hard on toothbrushes so you may want to make sure that this becomes the regular pattern. As bristles are bent and worn down over time, they not only begin doing a more ineffective job, but they may also begin to hurt your child’s gums. In addition, make sure that your toothpaste is one that contains fluoride and always make sure that your child is spitting out their toothpaste, not swallowing it.


Your Child’s Oral Health

Many parents like to floss their children’s teeth. To floss your children’s teeth, take a piece of floss as long as your child’s arm and use your index fingers to guide the floss between the teeth. Always make sure to floss from both sides of each tooth and do not forget the back of the last molars.

When Is the Best Time to Brush a Child’s Teeth?

Always before bed. If you don’t get rid of the germs and sugars that cause cavities, these things will be left in your child’s mouth all night to do their damage. Also, it is saliva that does a lot of protecting inside your mouth, keeping it clean. When your child is asleep, he or she is not using as much saliva which only enhances the damage that sugars and other materials can do. Brushing your child’s teeth at bedtime is therefore very important.

For more information on what you can do to ensure your child’s oral health is being well cared for, contact a pediatric dentist. They will be able to provide further guidance on the inner workings of cleaning teeth.

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