Hopefully, brushing is something your child does every day, but doing it right is crucial to the health of their teeth. Building these good habits early will reap rewards for a lifetime. Keep reading to brush up on the basics and make sure you are helping your child take good care of their teeth.
How often should your child brush their teeth?
Everyone should brush after each meal so that food residue doesn’t stay on the teeth for too long and cause damage. To make it easier to brush after each meal, have your child keep a toothbrush handy at school or in their backpack so they can easily clean their teeth after lunch.
What kind of toothbrush should children use?
The debate between manual toothbrushes and electric or battery operated toothbrushes continues. In most cases it comes down to personal preference and budget. A manual toothbrush is a little easier for children to control and more portable, but an electric or battery operated toothbrush is a novelty for kids and it may make them want to brush more often. Regardless of which one you opt for, it is important to pay attention to the bristles. Unless a dentist has recommended something special, everyone should be using a toothbrush with soft, rounded bristles. Harder bristles can wear down your enamel and leave teeth more vulnerable to problems.
How long should children brush their teeth?
Many children brush their teeth right before rushing out the door to school in the morning, which means they may be spending less time than they should. To thoroughly clean teeth, they should brush for at least two minutes while moving the brush is small circles across the surface of the teeth.
How often should you replace a toothbrush?
In most cases, you should replace your child’s toothbrush every 3 or 4 months. You should replace it sooner if you notice that the bristles have frayed or have been chewed on, since the brush will be less effective. You should also replace a toothbrush after your child has been sick so they don’t spread germs in the future.
Brushing is pretty simple, but it is important to teach your children to do it right. To learn more about keeping your teeth clean and healthy, schedule an appointment with Children 1st Dental & Surgery Center.