Should Baby's Help Brush As Soon As They Can Hold a Toothbrush?
Posted on 9/21/2020 by Dr. Hallas
Parents know that forming good lifestyle habits early on in their children is good. Forming these habits early ensure that your child will grow up and live a healthy life. However, have you ever thought about teeth brushing as a habit? Well, teeth brushing is a good habit to form early on—even if your child is only a baby.
Many parents may be wondering when their child can start learning to brush their teeth. Is a child who is still a baby too young to brush their teeth? Not really. If your child has the ability to hold a toothbrush, it's a good time to start forming good dental hygiene habits. Helping your baby brush when they are young will teach them the muscle memory required to hold a toothbrush and how to brush properly.
How Can I Help My Baby Brush?
When your baby can easily hold on to a brush, you can start helping them brush. A major part of teaching your baby to brush is choosing the right toothbrush. Fortunately, baby toothbrushes are readily available almost anywhere. Make sure to get a brush that is soft so that your baby doesn't hurt their gums.
When helping you baby brush, you can guide them in the right direction. At first, they may want to sporadically brush their teeth or gums with no real method. You can get them in the habit of methodically brushing by guiding their hand so that their brush reaches every part of their mouth. Start by brushing the back of their gums and teeth and make your way across their entire mouth. It also helps to have a little fun while you're brushing. Making brushing fun will let your baby know that brushing is good for them. They may even start to associate brushing with a good time.
If you have any more questions about how to teach your baby to brush, please give our office a call or come in for a visit. We'd be happy to show you how to teach your young one how to brush properly.
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