Oral hygiene is essential to maintain good health, and this also applies to the little ones. In this article, we'll explain when and how to brush your baby's teeth, which products to choose, and how to establish a dental care routine.

When to start brushing a baby's teeth?

The ideal time to start brushing your baby's teeth is from the appearance of the first milk tooth, generally around 6 months, although it can vary up to 18 months. If your child does not have their first milk tooth after 18 months, it is recommended to visit a pediatric dentist.

Over the months, more teeth will appear in your baby's mouth for a total of 20. If all goes well, he should have all his incisors, canines and molars by 28 months of age.

How many times a day should I brush my baby's teeth?

It is important to brush your baby's teeth at least 2 times a day, making sure that one of these brushes is at night before bed. If you can't do it twice a day, the night routine is the most important.

What should we brush milk teeth with?

To brush baby teeth, use toothpaste with at least 1,000 ppmF (parts per million fluoride) and a soft-bristled toothbrush. The brand is not crucial; the important thing is that your little one likes the taste and texture.

How to brush my baby's teeth?

Although it can be challenging and sometimes kids don't like it, it's critical to be patient and help them get used to it over time. If they see that you also brush your teeth daily, it will be easier for them to adjust.

  1. Lower the lower lip and lift the upper lip to see the gums and teeth.
  2. Brush your teeth by making circular movements on the gums and teeth. You can also make horizontal movements or whatever the little one allows you. The important thing is to brush.

If the child moves a lot, you can lay him down to facilitate the process.

How much pasta should children use according to their age?

Be careful with the amount of toothpaste you use. These are the recommendations:

  • Less than 3 years: like a grain of rice.
  • From 3 to 6 years: like a pea.
  • From 6 years: like a chickpea.

brushing sequence for children

Here's the ideal brushing sequence. Although we know that it is not always possible to follow it to the letter, it is essential not to skip brushing at night.

  1. Morning: brush your teeth and do not rinse your mouth with water.
  2. Noon: brush your teeth and do not rinse your mouth with water.
  3. Afternoon: two options: a. Brush your teeth and do not rinse your mouth with water. b. Pass a gauze with mouthwash over the teeth and do not rinse with water.
  4. Night: floss and brush teeth afterwards, without rinsing the mouth with water.

If the child takes any medication (liquid, powder, sachets, inhalers, etc.), it is better to rinse with water, wipe with a gauze pad and wait 30 minutes before brushing the teeth.

Choice of toothbrush, dental floss and mouthwash

Choosing the right toothbrush for your child is essential for effective brushing. Make sure the brush has soft bristles and is the right size for your little one's mouth. There are toothbrushes specifically designed for babies and toddlers.

Flossing can be incorporated into your child's dental care routine as the spaces between the teeth reduce. You can use traditional dental floss or flossing devices designed for children.

The mouthwash is an excellent addition to your child's dental care routine, but it is recommended to start using it from the age of 6, when it can be spit out without swallowing. Choose a specific mouthwash for children with an appropriate concentration of fluoride.

Conclusion

Maintaining good oral hygiene in the little ones is crucial for their general health. Start brushing your baby's teeth from the appearance of the first milk tooth and establish a daily brushing routine. Be sure to choose products that are appropriate for your child's age, such as fluoride toothpaste, soft toothbrushes, and child-specific mouthwashes.

In addition, it is essential to take your child to the pediatric dentist on a regular basis to ensure proper dental development and prevent future problems. With patience and consistency, you'll help your little one establish healthy oral care habits that will last a lifetime.

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