It’s never too early to start looking after your child’s teeth. Once your baby has two or more teeth’s, wipe his teeth and gums over each evening with a wetted handkerchief.
Twelve months is a good age to introduce him to a baby size toothbrush; clean his teeth for him after breakfast and at bedtime,
but let him play with the brush himself at bath time too. Taking care of the first, or milk teeth, helps to ensure that when the permanent teeth comes through at around six, they will be correctly positioned and in healthy gums- and you will be establishing good, lifelong habits in your child.
At any age, the more of a game teeth cleaning seems, the more your child will be encouraged to co-operate. Playing dentists, cleaning your own teeth with him, and spitting out messily will all help.
How to clean your baby teeth: Wet a clean handkerchief, get your baby on your lap, and wrap the handkerchief around your finger and smear on a pea sized helping of fluoride toothpaste.
There’s no need to use toothpaste if your child objects, or wants to eat it, but if you do, use your own brand; children’s brands may contain sugar. Now, rub your finger over your child’s gums and teeth. Let them spit into the washbasin if they want to copy you.
How to clean your Child teeth: From the age of 18 months, start cleaning your child’s teeth for him with a wetted toothbrush and a pea-sized helping of fluoride toothpaste. Brush them for him for as long as he will let you; he will probably want to brush them himself for the age of about two.
Always supervise-he needs to brush correctly. Teach him by standing behind him in front of a mirror, and holding his hand, showing him the correct movements.
Why do Teeth Decay: Teeth decay because bacteria in the mouth react with sugar to form acid, which eats through the hard enamel covering the teeth. Sweets and sugary foods increase the risk of tooth decay, particularly if they’re eaten between meals because the teeth are bathed in sugar most of the times.
So try to confine sweets to mealtimes, brush your child’s teeth afterwards, and give him snacks that don’t contain a lot of sugar.
Fluoride: Children can have their teeth protected with fluoride, a chemical which hardens tooth enamel, and even heals small breaches in it. Twice daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste will help protect your child’s teeth from decay, particularly if you leave it to linger in his mouth.
But remember too much fluoride can sometimes be harmful, if the child swallows a little toothpaste as you brush his teeth, but don’t let him eat from the tube. If he is getting fluoride from water or supplements, the extra in toothpaste might be excessive.