How do you care for your child’s gums and teeth? Did you know that you should wipe their gums with a damp cloth even before their first tooth comes in? Or that you should brush their teeth—without toothpaste—as soon as a tooth comes in? Or that you should continue helping your child brush for the first few years of their life?
But what can you do if your child doesn’t like brushing their teeth? Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make brushing more enjoyable. Arguably, picking the right toothbrush for your child is the most important thing you can do to make brushing time safe and enjoyable. And since most dentists recommend getting a new toothbrush every few months, this is an important skill to master.
When you choose a toothbrush for your child remember to consider bristle strength and the size of the brush’s head. You should always choose a brush with soft bristles. Brushing too hard can damage teeth—whether you’re brushing your teeth or your child’s.
You should also choose a brush with a head small enough to fit comfortably in your child’s mouth. If your child isn’t comfortable when brushing, they won’t want to do it and their brushing won’t be as effective.
Aside from using the right toothbrush, we recommend making brushing fun. For example, you could try singing with your child or watching fun videos while they brush. You could also try letting your child brush your teeth.
Overall, if you make your child want to brush, you could be establishing a solid foundation for a lifetime of oral health. If you would like to learn more about the right toothbrush for your child, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.