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Teeth Incoming: A Guide to Brushing
Your Child’s Teeth

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November 10, 2023

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It’s important for children to start learning proper dental care early on, but it can be hard to teach them to adopt the necessary habits. Children can be quite fussy about brushing and flossing, and it can sometimes be frustrating to get them to understand the necessity of proper hygiene. Here are a few tips from your dentist for getting your child to learn and adopt a proper dental hygiene regimen early on.

Step One: Begin Brushing Their Teeth as Soon as They Come In

Brushing your child’s smile early can get them used to the sensation and resulting clean feeling at a young age. In fact, it’s not unreasonable to start by wiping your baby’s gums with a damp washcloth before their teeth start coming in. As soon as your child’s first tooth comes in, you should brush it every day and begin flossing as soon as they have two teeth touching.

Step Two: Help Your Children Understand Why They Need to Brush Their Teeth

Gum disease can begin at a very young age, and it is linked to a plethora of other health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, dementia, pneumonia, and others. Though it might seem to not be a big deal to take care of baby teeth that are just going to fall out soon, infected teeth can have long-lasting consequences at any age. Taking care of your child’s oral health early will help them understand the necessity of doing so and set them up for a healthier lifetime.

Step Three: Teach Your Child to Brush Properly

While brushing a baby’s teeth is pretty easy, the issue can be more complicated when the child has to start brushing on their own. One of the best ways to teach your child proper brushing technique is to demonstrate it to them. Using a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste, brush your teeth, gums, lips, cheeks, tongue, and palate using short, gentle, circular strokes for a full two minutes. This will eliminate food debris and plaque that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Make it fun for your kid by telling them it’s a quest to destroy the sugar monsters.

You might also try making brushing more fun by playing music to time sessions and offering rewards for practicing good oral care. By getting your child on board with proper oral hygiene early, you can set them up for a healthier lifetime.

About the Practice

Little Penguin Pediatric Dentistry delivers outstanding children’s dental care in a warm and welcoming environment in Prosper, TX. Led by Drs. Julia Peng and Holvin Louie, the staff provides personalized treatments with measurable positive results. Areas of expertise include pediatric preventive, restorative, and emergency dentistry. For more information on teaching children proper oral hygiene, contact the office online or dial (469) 361-1600.