Take Proper Care of Infant’s Teeth
Parents are advised to start taking care of their baby’s teeth as soon as the first one appears, usually between five and seven months.
Although children should be encouraged to take care of their teeth on their own, to get them into a good routine early on, it is best that parents assist their children with brushing until they are at least seven years old.
Recent research from Aquafresh revealed that parents spend an average of three days every year trying to get their children to brush their teeth. The survey highlighted an alarming misunderstanding among 27% of parents, who do not think they need to brush their children’s teeth until they have between two and five.
However, baby teeth enamel is about 50% thinner than that of adult teeth and by the time children reach two or three years old, a decay process may have already started as well as increased risk of gum disease.
The key job for parents is to teach their children that brushing is important:
- Encouraging the habit at an early age will help children take better care of their own teeth throughout their life.
- Making brushing fun by playing a song, counting teeth or using an exciting toothbrush are all good ways to make the task more enjoyable.
- It is also important to explain to children why brushing is important in a way that they can understand.