Deep Cleaning Teeth In Kids – Good Habits For Kids Teeth

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Deep Cleaning Teeth In Kids – Good Habits For Kids Teeth

As a pediatric dentist, one of the most common questions that I am asked is: “when and how should I start brushing my child’s teeth?”

How do I master deep cleaning teeth of babies and children?

Start early! Once a baby’s first tooth starts to erupt, get into the habit of cleaning the teeth after each feed whenever possible, but most importantly before naps and nighttime sleep. It may seem strange at first, and you may not feel like you’re doing anything, but keep at it. You are.

Front teeth can be wiped or brushed with a clean face cloth or a toothbrush and water. At around 12 months old, the first baby molars will start to come in. At that point, the only way to get the grooves of the molars clean is with the bristles of a toothbrush.

 It may not be easy at first, but stick with it.

What about toothpaste? While there are several fluoride free/training toothpastes available on the market today, they simply don’t do much. Fluoridated toothpaste does help to make the teeth stronger and more resistant to cavities, but I usually don’t recommend starting fluoridated toothpaste until a child can spit, unless he/she is at high risk for cavities. At a child’s first dental visit, his/her individual risk for cavities will be assessed, at which point the dentist can recommend an appropriate time to start using fluoridated toothpaste. Until then, a toothbrush and plain water should suffice.

Some babies will love having their teeth cleaned, some will not. My daughter HATED it.

Some babies will love having their teeth cleaned, some will not. My daughter HATED it. It took a couple of months crying each time I came near her with a toothbrush until she finally started to accept it, and in time, she actually started to enjoy it. At two and a half, she is sure to remind us to brush her teeth if we forget, and I trust that the habits we implemented at this early age will remain with her for life. It may not be easy at first, but stick with it. The brush your teeth song may help some kids as well. You will never regret implementing good oral hygiene habits early.

Read more on teething pain and the first dental visit.

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Lori Goldenberg

About Lori Goldenberg

Lori is a pediatric dentist practicing in Forest Hill and Richmond Hill. She spends much of her time both in practice and in the community, educating parents and caregivers about the importance of maintaining good oral health.

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