How to Care for Children’s Teeth

Posted November 15, 2016 by Julie in Health, Parenting, Sponsored, TopPosts / 14 Comments

Thanks to TUNG Brush for sponsoring this conversation.

My little one is working on some molars, as the perfect teeth marks on my shoulder are hinting at. Tiny humans grow a mouth full of teeth fast, but it will still be years before they learn all the necessary skills and can care for their teeth properly. This is where we as parents need to teach good practices early and help our little ones in their oral hygiene.

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Start Young, Start Early

Toddlers are ever so curious over what we adults are doing and that includes brushing teeth. I have an extra child toothbrush at my sink, so my little man and I can brush our teeth together in the morning.

When he was really little, I would wipe off his teeth with a cloth during bath time. Now, I try to get him into the habit of brushing. He knows that right after bath time he gets to play with his toothbrush at his sink. I think the toddler toothpaste must taste yummy because he seems to really enjoy it.

Of course, he more chews on his toothbrush and sucks at the baby toothpaste rather than actually brushes, but I do work on showing him how to slide it around. You know, when he cooperates. Most times I have to hold him down to give him a proper brushing while he squirms and protests, but it is important to protect his little pearlies.

 

I hope over time he will learn the importance and proper technique, but I’m ready to help him along while I need to. When he masters spitting and stops chewing on his brush, we’ll switch from just using baby toothpaste to adding some fluoride toothpaste.

Flossing

Yes, flossing is crucial. And yet, as an intelligent adult, I have a hard time remembering to floss. It is just something a lot of adults struggle with, it is an extra step, but such an important one. I’ve been using the little flossing sticks as they are less annoying than using a string of dental floss. Fun flossing sticks for kids also exist, and when my child is slightly more cooperative and is not so throw-himself-in-all-directions, we’ll start using them.

Don’t forget the Tongue!

Our tongues can hold a lot of germs and cause bad breath, even if we do a great job at brushing our teeth. I got a chance to try out this TUNG Brush, and it is a new experience to add to our dental routine. The brush feels good on my tongue, like a little massage, so you know it is getting into some grooves and getting the yuck out of my mouth. I haven’t brushed my tongue much before so the experience is new and something I definitely need to practice to get into my routine.

The gel is fun and tingly, though it is meant more for adults and older children (over ten years of age) since you have to be careful not to swallow the gel, so we’ll just teach our toddler to use the TUNG Brush on its own or with a toddler-safe toothpaste.  Just the act of brushing the tongue makes a tremendous difference to how clean my mouth feels after my brushing routine. Us adults and older kids that can use the gel safely will benefit from the Zinc compound that helps to neutralize the sulfur gas – the bad breath – caused by bacteria.

Did you know that the worst bacteria actually lives in the back of your tongue? The TUNG Brush has been designed so that we can get to that bacteria without setting off that gag reflex we all hate.  That’s the fun circular design that makes the brush so comfortable to use.

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Start Dental Visits Early

My son’s first dental appointment was at 18 months. He had so many teeth already! The visit was pretty quick, just a check up and a bit of tooth scraping, not even a full cleaning yet. Getting those started early is so important to help prevent dental issues and also get advice on how to help your child learn to brush his or her teeth properly. Adults visit the dentist every six months, and children should get in the habit of doing so as well.

Advice from fellow Moms

Since I’m new to the parenting world of raising children with healthy teeth, I wanted to let some of my fellow momma bloggers share their tips with us as well.

My friend Erin from Stay at Home Yogi suggests you let your children get involved and take ownership early:

In my experience, the more ownership they can take the better! I let them pick their own toothbrush out at the store, and my 3 year old likes to put the paste on the brush himself! 🙂

The lovely Choosy Kids blog shares tons of wonderful tips on dental care for children. Here are some highlights:

Dr. Shahira reminds us that teeth can come at any age, and to start some dental care with the eruption of the first tooth.

There is no particular month that the first teeth should come. Start dental care with the eruption of the first tooth. Yes, the first brush will always be more of a toy than a tooth brush but do get the child in the habit of brushing twice. (If child doesn’t allow at all, use a wet wash cloth).

 

Share your early dental tips with us!

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14 responses to “How to Care for Children’s Teeth

  1. These are great tips. I have one child who absolutely loves brushing her teeth and one who does not. I also liked the rinses for kids that shows them where they need to concentrate on brushing more.

  2. Giving your kids a practice toothbrush early on really can reinforce the need for them to brush for later on in life when teeth care can be a hard routine to make.

  3. It is important to get your kids into the habit of good dental hygiene when they are young. I think it is good to explain to them the benefits. There are many different things that you can do to help your child become more eager to brush their teeth. Read books about brushing their teeth or going to the dentist, have a chart where they get a sticker for brushing their teeth and doing things like making the bed- after accumulating so many stickers they can get something special, brush your own teeth with them – they learn by example, and you can have them pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste at the store. Great tips, thanks for sharing!

    • I’m hoping it will get easier soon.. holding him down to brush his teeth every night after bath is no fun. But that’s so cute that your kids stick their tounges out for brushing! Cute!

  4. Oral hygiene plays a major role in our health condition and it is so important to make sure our kids are aware of it. Flossing sticks could be of great use and Tung brush is a great one as well as tongue cleaning is so important too!

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