The children’s dentist is there to teach your children the right actions.
To maintain good oral hygiene and maintain healthy teeth, it is important to know how to brush your teeth. It is not enough to run the brush over your teeth a few times. Otherwise, brushing too much or too hard can cause problems.
How to properly brush your child’s teeth?
From 0 to 6 months:
- Lay your baby on your lap or on the changing table.
- Standing behind him, use a damp cloth or compress to clean the gums . Healthy teeth come from healthy gums!
- Do this after breastfeeding or each time you take a pacifier.
From 6 months:
- Brush your baby’s first teeth twice a day with water and a soft toothbrush .
From 1 year:
- Give your child their first toothbrush so they can start to tame them. Let him brush by imitating you.
- Finish brushing his teeth yourself by standing in front of a mirror, standing behind him, resting his head against you.
For 2 years:
- Brushing for at least 2 minutes is recommended.
From 4-5 years old:
- Gradually teach him to rinse his mouth and spit.
- Use playful ways to make brushing her teeth pleasant (games and songs). Explain that if he doesn’t brush his teeth well before bed, nasty little watches will settle in his mouth.
CAUTION: A brushing aid is necessary until at least the age of 8 years.
Always pay attention to the teeth in the back of the mouth which may have more plaque than the others (as they are more difficult to access with the toothbrush).
What is the correct brushing technique?
- Use a suitable toothpaste prescribed by the dentist.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush so as not to irritate the gums.
- Brush the gum towards the tooth in circular motions.
CAUTION: Brushing from left to right attacks the gums.
- Start brushing on the upper right cheek side and perform at least five circular motions on each tooth, then repeat the same motions on the face of the tongue side. Finish by brushing the chewing surfaces with back and forth movements made in a straight line.
- Do not apply too much pressure as the gums will suffer. If the toothbrush is worn out before 2 months (its bristles are curved), brushing is too forceful.
- You should change the toothbrush every 2-3 months.
What are the good habits?
- You should brush your teeth 2-3 times a day for 3 minutes.
- Ideally, you should brush your teeth after each food intake, that is to say after meals (and avoid snacking).
- It is not enough to clean the teeth: it is also necessary to brush the gums , the tongue, the palate and the cheeks.
- Pass the floss between teeth to remove plaque that brushing can not reach.
- Use a dental plaque revealer to check brushing.