The teeth of a child should be brushed daily from the first tooth of milk. With entry to school, at age 3, the ritual of brushing is theoretically acquired.
The rules of good dental hygiene
Brush and toothpaste point of view, no change. As for its first toothbrush it must be perfectly adapted to the morphology of your child, and therefore consist of a small head, a large handle and soft bristles. To make sure you do not make a mistake, simply buy your child a toothbrush designed specifically for his or her age group. The same goes for toothpaste. Between 2 and 6 years, the dose of fluorine it must contain is between 1000 and 1450 ppm. It goes to 1450 ppm for more than 6 years.
Brushing of teeth: how often?
As soon as the first milk tooth appears, the child should brush at least twice a day, 3 times if possible. Brushing the evening is the most important, since it is at night, when the salivary flow decreases, that the bacteria take the opportunity to multiply in the mouth and attack the teeth, eventually causing the appearance of cavities.
After 6 years, teeth should be brushed after each meal. The duration of a good brushing, between 3 and 6 years, is 2 minutes. The use of an hourglass is therefore recommended because it helps the child to visualize this duration. After 6 years, this time goes to 3 minutes.
Brushing teeth: what technique to teach my child?
From 1 to 6 years, the brushing gestures remain the same. Thus, only the masticatory surfaces are brushed, by means of movements of back and forth. It is after 6 years that a more advanced method can be put in place.
The child can then rub the outer and front surfaces of the upper teeth. For external parts, the movement is in the form of small rolls, ranging from pink (the gum) to white (teeth) , always in the same direction. For internal faces, the child should hold the toothbrush vertically and always roll from pink to white.
What to do when my child’s teeth start to fall?
The falling of the baby teeth, which usually occurs between 6 and 12 years of age, should not affect your child’s brushing behavior. Fall zones, from the moment the tooth begins to move until it falls, are usually less well brushed. Apprehension, small pains, the child instinctively neglects the area. It is not advisable to encourage him, encourage him to brush his teeth as usual.
At what age do I give sugar-free chewing gum to my child?
Chewing gums do not only have bad sides, quite the opposite. Indeed, chewing gums have a power sometimes unknown: by increasing the production of saliva, they actively participate in the fight against acidity, bacteria, and therefore against caries. Although they are not a substitute for proper brushing, they are a good help when you do not have the opportunity to brush your teeth.