Once your child has a full set of little teeth, Its important they are brushed for 2 minutes in the morning and at night. Getting your child into this habit from an early age helps prevents their little teeth decaying and sets them up for a life of healthy big teeth too.
Although you should still brush your child’s teeth at these ages, Its a good idea to let them start holding the brush for themselves. Later you can teach the correct brushing technique by guiding their hand as you as you brush in a gentle circular motion over all the biting surfaces, as well as the front, back and sides of each tooth. But remember, toothbrushes are not toys and a child shouldn’t be given a toothbrush to use while walking or doing other activities.
The Right Equipment-
An engaging toothbrush and mildly flavored toothpaste designed for children aged 3-5 helps encourage your child to brush every morning and night. Use a pea sized amount of children s fluoride toothpaste on a toothbrush suitable for their age. A specially formulated children s toothpaste delivers fluoride to your child’s teeth to help protect them from decay.
Remember to encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste after brushing, but not to rinse, so some fluoride remains in their mouth and continues to protect their teeth.
As with children of all ages, its important to limit the amount of sugar your child is eating and drinking. However tooth decay is also caused by how often teeth are exposed to sugar. After every sugary food or drink, the sugar reacts with plaque on your child’s teeth to make acid that weakens the teeth by removing calcium and other minerals. Multiple sugary treats, over the course of a day, can leave your child’s teeth vulnerable to decay.
By making sure sugary foods and drinks are limited to meal times, and replacing sugary snacks with healthy options, you help protect your child’s teeth from decay and set them up for a lifetime of healthy teeth.
As well as keeping a regular eye on your child’s teeth, visits every 6 month give you the opportunity to talk about healthy eating and brushing. If you are unsure how to brush correctly, ask your dentist to show you a brushing demonstration
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