As a pedodontist, one of the complaints I often hear from parents is; that their children do not brush their teeth enough. The easiest and most effective method for children to maintain this habit in later years is to start brushing their teeth at an early age. As pediatric dentists; the method we propose to parents on this subject; As soon as your baby's first teeth begin to come out, the teeth will be cleaned. After applying the first milk tooth, you can start cleaning your baby's teeth with a clean cloth or with soft-bristled baby toothbrushes specially designed for babies. Initial brushing attempts can be quite difficult or even unsuccessful, but over time it will become a habit that your baby likes. Regular brushing, especially when milk teeth are newly started, will massage your gums and cause your baby to relax and reduce toothache. Of course, seeing the first teeth in the mouth to see a pediatric dentist and your child's first teeth in the mouth of a specialist examined by your baby's oral and dental health problems will not be the right approach. Another frequently asked question by parents is the concern about the use of toothpaste during tooth brushing. Generally, babies and children love the taste of toothpaste and swallow it during brushing. For this reason, toothpaste in tooth brushing in children younger than 2.5-3 years used to will be a more accurate approach. But it would not be right to make a generalization on behalf of all children. For this reason, it is best to decide whether or not to use a toothpaste when brushing your baby's teeth by consulting your pedodontist. Please note that; Fluorinated toothpaste, which children can swallow a lot, can cause problems for their teeth and general body health.
Here are a few suggestions for you to give your baby and your children the habit of brushing their teeth;
- Brush your teeth with a separate toothbrush while brushing your teeth
- Get her some toothbrushes. Let these brushes be of different color and different comic heroes. Make sure to select another brush at a time. This choice will increase his motivation and desire to brush teeth.
- First let him brush his teeth, then you let him brush his teeth.
- Be sure to create a tooth brushing board at home and mark the board after each brushing.
- Place an hourglass in the bathroom and hold the time by turning the hourglass upside down for each scrubbing. Approximately 2 minutes of tooth brushing will suffice.
- Remember that your baby or child has no information about tooth decay. Feed him sticky candy, chocolate or biscuits and show him how he sticks to the teeth in the mirror. Then have your teeth brushed and show him how beautiful, clean and white his teeth are in the mirror.
In addition, taking your child to the pediatric dentist after the first milk tooth comes out (6-9 months) will provide you with more detailed information about your child's oral hygiene. At regular dentist checks at a later time, the child's dentist will definitely increase his or her motivation when brushing your child's teeth or other children brushing their teeth in the clinical setting.
It should be kept in mind that regular brushing of teeth will play a major role in the prevention of oral and dental problems in your child.