So you’ve been waiting months and months to see those cute lower front baby teeth come in and now the day has finally arrived. But now what?
First take a photo, because I mean come on, how can you not. Once you are done sharing the photo with all your loved ones, lets talk about how to care for them. Up until now you have been caring for the gums by washing them with a wet washcloth. This will still work as those first little guys are first peeking through the gums. However, once they are fully in the mouth it is time to get out the toothbrush. Find an appropriate size toothbrush for your child’s age. An adult toothbrush will be too large and too difficult to use on your little ones.
What a about toothpaste you ask? Well at this stage you can brush with just water. Now if your child hasn’t seen a dentist yet now is the time. The dentist should assess your child’s cavity risk by getting information on their habits, diet and on the parents’ cavity history as well. If your dentist feels the cavity risk is on the higher end, they may recommend using toothpaste. Up until 3 years of age only a rice grain size amount is necessary to avoid the child swallowing too much. Always make sure when your brushing you clean every surface of the tooth and use a sweeping motion to carry debris out from the gums toward to tip of the tooth. As the baby teeth come in the majority of children will have spacing between the teeth and this will allow you to clean in between them with a toothbrush alone. If your child however has tighter spaces between their teeth that you cannot get into with your brush alone, try your best to floss as well.
I know what you’re thinking, easier said than done right. I know first hand how hard it can be to get your little ones to co-operate with brushing. There are several different toothbrushes on the market for young children, so try them out and see what works best for you. Some are smaller versions of the adult toothbrush with bristles on one end. Other have bristles on both ends, and some slip on to your finger for easier access. If you are covering the basic guidelines for brushing as I mentioned above then use whatever works best for you and your child.
The last big point to mention is the dreaded bedtime bottle. It is very important to make sure your child never falls asleep nursing a bottle of milk or juice. The best is for them to have their last drink be water and have had their teeth brushed after nursing or having the last bottle of milk, formula, or juice.
If you have any questions please contact us at 905 436 2400 or come in for a free initial consultation. We love seeing children at our office and have great features for our young patients such as TVs on the ceiling for cartoons, our cavity free club and much more.