The title of this post may make you question why one would want to prepare for their child’s permanent teeth when they haven’t yet or are barely developing their baby teeth.
Well, first and foremost, it’s important to mention that caring for your child’s gums and/or baby teeth now promotes healthy permanent teeth in the future.
So, how can you prepare your child now for developing healthy, permanent teeth?
Of course, healthy teeth comes first with good oral hygiene. If your child is an infant, it’s vital that you as a parent clean your baby’s gums with a clean, wet washcloth to stimulate the baby teeth and clean away any excess milk or oral bacteria present in the mouth. Do this twice a day, ideally. This prepares your child’s gum tissue for developing and supporting their first set of teeth.
Once your child’s very first tooth begins to arrives, it’s time to brush their tooth. Opt for a baby toothbrush and a pea-sized drop of infant-friendly toothpaste. This should be done on a twice-a-day basis just as we do with our own pearly whites. As our child’s teeth begin to develop further, more thorough brushings and flossings will be required.
As children get older and are learning to do things on their own, they should be taught the responsibility of brushing their own teeth. Thorough guidance and monitoring are a must as a parent to ensure our children are properly and accurately brushing their baby teeth.
Teaching your child why brushing the teeth is important will help them to better understand why they need to care for their teeth now and later on in life. Toothbrushing without a knowing of a purpose won’t be very motivational for children.
To make toothbrushing even more motivational and even fun for children, allow them to choose their very own toothpaste and toothbrush. Fun, fancy brushes can even offer music, but are a little pricier but are certainly worth it if it gets your child to brush their teeth for a full two minutes, twice a day.
Additionally, it’s vital that a parent takes their child to the dentist after their very first tooth erupts. Appointments should be made twice a year and should be continued for life.
Teaching your child the importance of dental visits is also important so that they are encouraged to attend and to continue going long after they are off on their own. Making wise choices for your child’s diet, oral hygiene, and dental appointment habits is a must for future, healthy permanent teeth.