Mummy has brushed my teeth since I was a baby, did you know how important it is to have a good dental routine from the start?
Together with The Centre for Advanced Dentistry Yorkshire we have some top tips to share with you to help you have a good dental routine from the start.
- Buy a suitable toothbrush and start gently brushing/ massaging your baby’s gums even before any teeth appear. I had a shaped chunky one which helped prevent gagging, and helped me with teething too.
- Use a suitable tiny smear of toothpaste containing no less than 1000ppm fluoride from the minute the teeth start to peep through.
- Use a mild minty flavour – using strawberry or another flavour means your baby will get used to it and might not take to a minty one later on. There is no need to have a sweet flavoured one.
- Only give your baby water to drink (I mean when they start having a drink other than milk). Baby knows nothing of the taste of juice or squash and water really is best for little teeth.
- Children between three and six years old should brush at least twice daily with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing more than 1000ppm fluoride.
I was fourteen months old before my first little tooth cut through! Some babies are born with some teeth already though. Every baby is different, and the teeth will appear when they are ready. In the same way, the first ‘baby’ teeth will start to drop out when they are ready. My big bro is fourteen and still has some baby teeth.
Even though my first set of teeth will come out, it is still really important for me to look after them, and for Mummy to set up good habits for the rest of my life.
Both big sisters had orthodontic work and braces, and big bro is due them next year so I think it is likely that I will need them when I am much older. Most children do, and the difference afterwards is unbelievable. It is so super important to keep looking after your teeth whilst wearing braces and brush at least twice a day. Get into the habit of not rinsing your mouth out with water at the end, especially before bedtime. The toothpaste will coat your teeth for longer.
There are more great tips and information over on the NHS website.
When did your little one have their first tooth?