Up and Down? Back and forth? Side to side? Circles? What is the proper way to brush your child’s teeth?
Flossing daily will remove plaque from between your child’s teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach. Plaque is a thin film of bacteria that collects on the surface of the tooth. It’s important to remove plaque before it turns into tartar, which is a hard deposit on teeth that causes decay and gum disease.
Healthy dental habits should start earlier than you think! Here are some some tips for wee ones:
• Parents should begin brushing their child’s teeth as soon as teeth begin to come in.
• For children under age 3, use only a tiny dot or smear of fluoride toothpaste on a child-size toothbrush. Older children should use a pea-size amount of paste.
• Always supervise your child when they are brushing to prevent the use of too much toothpaste. Swallowing large amounts of fluoride toothpaste may cause your child to have a stomach ache and become sick.
• Avoid too many juices and sugary snacks. Consider mixing your infant’s juice with water to cut down on the amount of sugar on their teeth. Drink water after snacks to rinse away sugars and food particles.
• Brush teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and at night.
• Floss daily between any teeth that touch.
• Phone Dr. Jacobs if you have any questions or problems with your child’s teeth.
• Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay. It is added to the public water supply, however it is not in all bottled waters, so children who consume bottled water may need to take a fluoride supplement. Ask Dr. Jacobs whether or not your child needs to use a fluoride mouthwash at home.