Top Tips for a Heathy Smile
When to Begin
When it comes to establishing a good dental hygiene routine, the simple answer is from when the first tooth appears! For babies and toddlers under 2, it is about getting them used to the routine by using water and a specially designed soft brush or a piece of muslin cloth.
Simply dampen the brush or cloth and rub the teeth gently. Try to keep to a routine of brushing morning and night, as this gets your child used to the timing and having a toothbrush in their mouth.
From the age of 2 they can begin to use a small amount of toothpaste and their own toothbrush. Although it is advisable that you help and supervise children up to the age of 8 or 9 with brushing to ensure they get a good routine going.
Get the Right Toothpaste
Not all toothpastes are the same! And while fluoride is an essential active ingredient in all toothpaste, as it helps prevent cavities and decay, different amounts are added to toothpaste for adults and kids. It’s important therefore to choose the correct toothpaste for your child’s age.
Taste is also a factor, most kids don’t enjoy a strong mint taste and kids toothpaste comes in a range of flavours from strawberry to mild mint. If possible it should be toxin free and cruelty free too.
While a manual toothbrush works perfectly well, a sonic toothbrush brings brushing to a whole new level. This is especially true for kids, who may not have perfected their technique yet.
A sonic toothbrush, that has been designed for their age, will clean teeth more effectively without the need for a perfect technique. Ensuring that not only the surface of the teeth and gums are well cleaned, but all the difficult to reach in between spaces get the best clean they possibly can too.
Most are easy to operate, like the Spotlight Sonic Toothbrush range for children. And in addition the bright colours, different speed settings, easy to grip handle and two minute timer, will make brushing teeth and gums twice a day an altogether more exciting option than using a manual toothbrush.