When it comes to oral health, it’s never too early to start teaching your little ones good habits. We love welcoming young patients to the practice and we recommend regular appointments from an early age.
We understand that for many parents, it can be frustrating trying to get kids interested in brushing their teeth, especially around the time of the ‘terrible twos’ but getting your child into a good daily oral hygiene routine from a very early age will be hugely beneficial. Children who learn good habits at an early age are more likely to enjoy healthy, strong teeth and less likely to experience pain associated with cavities and premature tooth loss.
When should I start cleaning my child’s teeth?
It’s never too early to start taking steps to caring for your child’s oral health and even cleaning their mouth before they have teeth can be beneficial; simply guide a damp cloth around your child’s gums and then start to use a soft-bristled brush once their teeth start to erupt. As you child gets older, encourage them to start holding the brush and show them how to clean their teeth. Supervise brushing and let your child watch you brush your teeth, as this will help them to learn.
When should I bring my child for their first check-up?
Ideally, we recommend bringing your child for their first check-up between the ages of 1 and 2 years old. After the first appointment, we recommend 6 monthly check-ups. Checks give us a chance to keep an eye on your child’s teeth as they grow and develop, but they also enable children to get used to the surgery and get to know their dentist.
Making teeth cleaning fun
We know that kids can get stroppy when it’s time to brush their teeth, so why not try and make it fun? Create games, set challenges, brush together as a family and put some tunes on to make sure everyone brushes for the recommended time.