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From Bottle to Brush: Making the Transition to Brushing for Toddlers

Brushing for Toddlers

Early childhood comes with many momentous occasions, and teaching your child how to brush their teeth is one of them. Brushing for toddlers can feel like a daunting task for the notoriously difficult-to-corral age group. Luckily, there are things you can do to make the transition to caring for baby teeth easier for you and them.

Dental Care for Baby Teeth

Brushing for toddlers begins as soon as their first tooth appears, usually sometime between their first five and seven months. Before that first tooth, you might already be teaching your child dental care by cleaning their gums with a soft cloth. But once their baby teeth appear, your child is ready to learn the ins and outs of brushing.

One thing that’s important to keep in mind when teaching your child proper dental care is that you’re their best example. Though your adult teeth require much different care than their first few baby teeth, you have the opportunity to instill enthusiasm into the task. Some great ways to do this include making your child part of the entire process, from picking out a toothbrush featuring a favorite character to letting them explore the silly side of a foamy mouth of toothpaste. Entertaining them with a fun story or song for two minutes while they brush is another great way to make the process feel effortless while you ensure they’re developing good habits.

Maintaining a Good Routine

As your child makes the transition to brushing for toddlers, consistency is key and helping them to take the next steps in their dental care routine will help them gain confidence. To make sure your child’s baby teeth are clean, you might let them brush first to begin to develop the fine motor skills they need, but then take over yourself to make sure their teeth are truly clean. Once they have two teeth that touch each other, you can begin to teach your child how to floss.

Learning good habits as a young child is key to a long life of good health, and dental care is an important part of that. With a few easy and fun additions to your child’s dental care routine, you’ll be setting them up for success in countless ways.

Contact our office today, to ensure your little one’s teeth are growing big and strong just like them!