Start by establishing routines at a young age is the first step. Children should be encouraged and supervised to brush from the first tooth right up until the age of 10-12. Also, a small child does not possess the skills to brush correctly or effectively and will not understand the potential consequences of not doing this correctly.
Start brushing from the very first tooth. Be sure to hold the baby and have close eye contact with them, also hold out the lip to ensure you are doing it correctly.
As a slightly older child, they can sit on your lap.
It is advisable to brush in short movements, ensuring that the filaments reach the gum line area.
Brushing in the same order is essential, as an example cover the biting surfaces and the inside and the outside of the teeth, and ensure no tooth surface is forgotten.
To reach all surfaces, it still helps to hold out the lip with your finger as you did when they were a baby.
After 3-4 years of age, you can now look to change to a toothbrush with a slightly bigger head.
It is advisable to still supervise and assist in brushing until around the age of 10-12. Brushing using small movements is best and again be sure that the filaments reach the gum line.
Again, try to remember to brush in the same order, cover the biting surfaces and the inside and the outside of the teeth, and ensure no tooth surface is forgotten.
Give extra attention to the new molars which by now should be emerging behind the last of their milk teeth. Their biting surfaces are now irregular and extra sensitive to cavities.
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