June 9, 2018
As a parent, you want to make sure that your child has a healthy smile for life. But before you can help them establish great habits from an early age, it’s important to have the right tools. With all the toothbrush choices out there, you might feel overwhelmed about which one to choose. It not only needs to do a great job, but it also needs to be one that your child actually wants to use! So what does a children’s dentist in Windsor recommend when choosing a child’s first toothbrush? Keep reading to find out!
What Should You Look For In a First Toothbrush?
Luckily, in this day-and-age, there’s a wide array of choices in the oral care aisle so that you can find just the right brush for your child. Here are some tips:
- Pick an age-appropriate brush – For infants, many parents simply use a clean, damp piece of gauze or a washcloth to clean their babies’ gums, but there are also “teether” toothbrushes that are specially designed for infants who are teething. These brushes are extra-soft and gentle and can help get your baby accustomed to brushing twice a day. For toddlers, each brush will include an age-range to help you pick the right one.
- Get them involved – Toddlers like to make choices and practice being independent. If they feel like they have a say in picking out a toothbrush, it’s more likely that they’ll want to use it.
- Get the right size – Make sure the toothbrush fits comfortably in their mouth. It might seem like a large toothbrush would do a better job, but in fact, the smaller the better. Small heads can reach into the nooks and crannies of children’s small mouths and do a more thorough job. They’re also easier to maneuver!
What’s the Best Way To Brush Your Child’s Teeth?
Once you have the right brush, here are some guidelines for making brushing easier for both you and your child:
- Establish a routine – Children respond well to routine and structure, so try to establish a regular time each morning and night to brush.
- Make it fun – Play one of their favorite songs while you brush and use one of the many books or videos available to teach them why it’s important to clean their teeth.
- Use the right amount of toothpaste – If you’re using a teether toothbrush for your infant, there’s no need to use toothpaste at all. For toddlers, less is more! Use a rice-sized amount or even just a light coating on the bristles. For children over six, a pea-sized amount is appropriate.
- Model good behavior – Your child wants to do everything you do, so letting them see you brush and floss is a great way to motivate them!
Finally, don’t be afraid to talk to a ‘dentist near me’ if you need a little guidance. It’s well worth it to put in the effort early so your child can look forward to a lifetime of great oral health!
About the Author
Dr. Gregory Farber is a general dentist in Windsor with nearly 25 years of experience and also a father. Having treated patients of all ages throughout his career, he always takes the time to help both children and adults find the right tools to take great care of their teeth and gums. If you have any questions, he can be reached via his website or at (860) 688-5595.
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