Our Chelmsford children’s dentist looks at this basic, but important, piece of dental care equipment.
As a parent, there are many things that we have to teach our children, almost from the moment that they are born.
It is widely believed that children learn much about the world around them within the first few years of their life, refining this as they grow up.
Because of this, it is important that we enable them to understand the importance of looking after their teeth from an early age. Some of this is within our immediate control, such as making sure that they don’t eat too many sweets, but some will depend on them learning good habits from their parents.
One essential area which we can teach them as soon as possible, is how to clean their teeth well in the morning and at night. Whilst young children should be supervised until we are sure that they are doing this correctly and efficiently, it is good to encourage them to take the bulk of responsibility as early as is practical.
Baby gums and bacteria
Before we look at buying a toothbrush, parents should be aware that, even before they have any teeth, oral care is important. Whether being breast or bottle fed, bacteria will accumulate on the baby’s gums and these should be cleaned, after feeding, with a clean damp cloth. Once the first set of teeth come through though, it will be necessary to buy a toothbrush for them, in order to keep their teeth clean and healthy.
Below, the children’s dentist at Blue Sky Dental offers some thoughts for parents with children approaching this age.
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