Useful tips for the oral hygiene of the little ones.
The teeth of milk are formed between the first year and the third year of life of our son / daughter, however, at this age it is not advisable to give them a toothbrush since they will not have the ability, the capacity, or the desire to learn to manage it. This does not mean that you should not pay attention to his/her oral hygiene, on the contrary! No matter the age, the mouth is a store of bacteria so we should always pay attention to its cleaning, one way or another.
It is advisable, for example, to clean the mouth daily with a wet gauze from the time they are born until they start to grow their teeth, once their first milk teeth come out, the recommendation of dentists and the American Dental Association (ADA) is to use an adapted toothbrush and toothpaste for children, with little fluoride, because although it prevents cavities and improves cleaning, it can generate intoxication.
The fundamental thing in the arduous habit that is to wash the teeth to the little ones, is to do it with the appropriate brush. In Brushboo we have detected the need for an ecological, vegan and fun toothbrush that is capable to adapt to the mouth of the kids so that brushing their teeth and teaching them to wash them is a simpler and more bearable task.
It is also recommended that an adult wash or help wash the child's teeth during the first years of life, when they are about 3 or 4 years (they get more skills in the hand and they have more interest) they should be taught to do it themselves, always with supervision until they master the technique. In no case should other oral hygiene accessories such as dental floss be used until the child has grown and completed his or her natural teeth (over 12 or 13 years).
Some tips for children to learn to brush their teeth more eagerly so they can apply their learning in a more effective way:
- At an early age, give your kid a Brushboo children's toothbrush, you will see that it is different and more fun, so he/she will be more eager to lunch and use it, and you will be introducing values such as respect for the environment.
- Wash your teeth next to your child, children love to feel grownups! Also, they take example of the people in charge, if you use a brush Brushboo too, your kid will like it even more, because he/she will feel closer to you and will take example from it.
- Teach him/her in front of the mirror and ask him/her to follow your movements as you explain them little by little so that he/she learns to perform them in the same way and at the same time.
- Let your child try it by himself/herself but under your supervision. When you do it in the right way, congratulate him/her, if he/she does not do it in the right way, ask him/her to repeat it always motivating him/her and letting him/her know that he/she can do it.
- Create an incentive system: you can put a slate or a paper on the fridge and give him/her a sticker to put it on every time he brushes his teeth. When he/she get 20 stickers for example, you congratulate him/her with a bag of sweets, letting him/her know that he/she can only eat sweets if he cleans his/her teeth, or cavities will come out.
- If you notice that he/she does not like brushing his/her teeth and it seems a very boring task in which there is no way to motivate him/her, read a story, play music or perform an activity that can entertain the child while brushing his/her teeth so that the time passes faster.
- It is essential to accustom the child to not eat anything after brushing his/her teeth
The objective will always be that the child takes it as a routine or a habit, as well as raise awareness of the importance of brushing his/her teeth every morning and after every meal. The earliest ages are the ones that will influence the most the hygiene of your kids so it is essential to start talking to them and instructing them on oral cleansing soon.
At Brushboo we have a family pack available, so that brushing your teeth is a familiar healthy habit. Are you going to miss it?