Are your kids brushing teeth like pros? If you’re having a tough time teaching your sweetie how to tend to their teeth properly, fear not! It’s normal for parents to get exhausted over the entire thing — to the point that when bedtime rolls around, parents might even neglect their own dental hygiene. Not good!
There are things you should know about oral hygiene for little ones, because it will give you the “why” behind the importance of helping your kids develop these habits from early on. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42% of children ages 2-11 have cavities in their teeth. That’s alarming, and we can’t stress enough how much teaching proper habits when kids are young will help establish good lifelong dental habits.
Babies and Toddlers Brushing Teeth
There are few things sweeter than a baby’s smile, and she learns early on that a bright smile makes everyone else smile, too. While it takes several months for teeth to appear, did you know that when an infant is just a few months old parents should gently wipe Baby’s gums each evening with a dampened gauze pad? Remember: Even breast milk contains sugar!
Between six and nine months, the first baby teeth usually appear. When they come in, brush her teeth in circular motions with a soft brush and a tiny drop of non-fluoride toothpaste. Once your little one no longer swallows toothpaste, you can switch to other brands. Begin gently flossing as soon as she has two teeth that touch, and be sure to schedule her first checkup with a dentist around her first birthday. Aw, what an exciting milestone to reach!
Kids Brushing Teeth
Continue to brush your baby’s teeth until she’s able to brush on her own. It’s a great idea to brush your own teeth alongside your child lets her see your dental habits, and of course, to save extra time for yourself. If you want to make brushing more fun, let her pick her own flavor of toothpaste. Many children like to copy their parents, so your child may rinse her mouth out with water while you use your Poseidon Oral Irrigator. Remember to check your children’s teeth after they brush and don’t forget to praise them when their teeth look clean!
If you want reinforce the importance of brushing for two full minutes, keep your kid entertained and play music while brushing! In fact, turn off the lights and throw a glow-in-the-dark party! We created a toothbrush for kids that makes brushing teeth fun every single time. Our Poseidon Children’s Sonic LED Toothbrush is designed with high quality DuPont soft bristles so your kid’s gums won’t bleed while those teeth are getting clean. The electric toothbrush also features 16,000 pulses per minute to really help get the stuff your kid can’t reach. The best part? Our toothbrushes for kids actually glow in the dark and change colors. Plus, there’s a two-minute timer so you don’t have to keep track of time while your little one is busy brushing.
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Once your child is a little older and comfortably brushing on her own, she may be excited to try our Professional Sonic Toothbrush. It will leave her teeth feeling cleaner than ever before, and the 30-second interval timer will remind her to move to the next area of her mouth.
Another important part of teaching kids brushing teeth the best oral hygiene practices is showing them the importance of changing their toothbrush when it’s time. Old toothbrushes harbor germs and become ineffective as they wear out. You can teach your children the importance of changing to a new toothbrush with our 13 Clean Toothbrush. It includes a new brush head for every month, and she will be excited to swap in a new pink or blue head for a new month of brushing.
Proper dental hygiene, along with regular trips to the dentist, will set your children up for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums — and that means, lots and lots of bright smiles.