Teaching Children to Brush Their Teeth with Richmond Family Dentist

Feb 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Children's Dentistry, Richmond Dentist

richmond family dentistAs your children’s first teacher, much of what they learn about life is your responsibility. Luckily, that task can seem more daunting than it actually is, and you don’t have to literally transform your child’s development into a classroom. Nevertheless, teaching your child the basics of dental health care requires a bit of structure for best results. To help you ensure a lifetime of strong and healthy smiles for your children, Richmond family dentist Dr. Stefan Moiceanu discusses the tenets of early dental hygiene.

Dental Hygiene Curriculum

  • Although the first doesn’t typically appear until 6-12 months after birth, your child’s teeth begin developing while still in the womb. Until the first tooth eruption, keep your baby’s mouth clean by using a clean, damp towel or gauze to wipe the gums after feedings and before bed. Keeping your baby’s mouth clean and free of bacteria will increase his/her chances of keeping teeth healthy when they appear.
  • Once the first tooth appears above the gum line, brush the tooth with a soft-bristled, infant’s toothbrush. Refrain from using toothpaste until your infant is old enough not to swallow it.
  • As children grow and begin to understand that brushing their teeth is meant to be a twice-daily activity, the teaching can begin. Show your child how to gently brush every surface of every tooth, although you will be responsible for the actual brushing until he/she is old enough to manage the routine alone.
  • Most children probably are not automatically excited about brushing their teeth. In many cases, it’s because they’ve grown accustomed to associate brushing teeth with bedtime. To help eliminate the dread of dental hygiene, have your children complete their evening tooth brushing after dinner, but before a movie or favorite TV program. If children are eager for what comes after tooth brushing , then they are more likely to brush their teeth with more enthusiasm. Be sure not to allow your child any snacks before bed, or at least warn them that they will have to brush their teeth again before bedtime if they eat anything.

Dentistry for the Whole Family in Richmond

Aside from proper hygiene instruction, the American Dental Association (ADA) also suggests that you bring your child to the dentist by the first birthday. To learn more about caring for your children’s teeth, contact Dr. Moiceanu today. You can schedule a consultation with your Richmond family dentist by calling Hilltop Family Dental at 510-758-7222. Located in the 94806 area, we proudly serve families from Richmond, Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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