Starting your child on a healthy dental hygiene routine as early as possible is important to help them develop good habits that will last a lifetime. It’s never too early to start brushing your child’s teeth, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents begin brushing their baby’s teeth as soon as they start to come in, usually around 6 months old.
At this age, parents can start by using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. The toothbrush should be gentle on the baby’s gums and the toothpaste should be a small pea-sized amount to prevent the child from swallowing too much fluoride.
As your child grows, it’s important to monitor their brushing to ensure that they are brushing properly and to ensure that they don’t miss any spots. The American Dental Association recommends that children should brush their teeth for 2 minutes twice a day. By the time your child reaches the age of 6 or 7, they should be able to brush their teeth independently, but it’s still a good idea to supervise them to ensure that they are brushing properly.
Starting early and establishing a routine of brushing and flossing will help keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong, and set them up for a lifetime of good oral hygiene. If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s dental health, consult with a pediatric dentist who can guide you and your child through the process of maintaining healthy teeth and gums.