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How to Start Brushing Baby
Posted on 6/20/2019 by Laura Epifano
Good oral habits start in infancy and aside from keeping your baby's body healthy with regular doctor visits to get all their shots, taking care of their gums and teeth is critical for their future well-being. It's never too early to start brushing your baby's first tooth, and in this way, you can introduce them to their first toothbrush. When to Start Brushing Your Baby's Teeth? As soon as you see a first tooth coming out, you can start taking care of it by cleaning it with a gentle toothbrush. At first, you can use a wet toothbrush as soon as the tooth erupts to keep the area clean and free of bacteria. Should You Use Toothpaste for Baby? Remember that the role of toothpaste is to freshen your mouth and the more important thing is to brush the teeth. In the case of infants, toothpaste with fluoride should not be used because the baby can ingest it. Fluoride can reduce the levels of calcium and magnesium in the body. What About the Gums? Even before you...

By Using the Right Amount of Toothpaste, You Minimize the Chances of Swallowing
Posted on 5/30/2019 by Laura Epifano
If your child swallows a little bit of toothpaste now and again, is it a big deal? In most cases, no, it is not a big deal. However, if they do it regularly, or it is more than a little bit, it could make your child not feel well. Swallowing toothpaste can leave your child with a stomach ache, which is never fun. If you teach them to use the right amount of toothpaste for their mouth, this can minimize the risks. How Much Toothpaste is the Right Amount? For children under a year, using a baby-safe toothpaste, or even water, is plenty to get their tiny teeth clean. You should just touch the baby-safe toothpaste to the brush, leaving little more than a dot of color behind. Once children get into the age range of 1 to 3 years old, you should be using the equivalent of a tiny grain of rice of toothpaste. That is all they need to get their teeth clean. From 3 to 6 years old, you should go for a full grain of rice-sized dot of toothpaste on their toothbrush each time they brush....

Brushing Helps You Observe Your Child
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Laura Epifano
When your child has any type of a motor skill delay, things we do easily can be more difficult for them. One area where many children struggle when they have fine motor skill delays is with brushing their teeth. There are things you can do to make it easier, such as using a bigger toothbrush, but it can still be hard for them to accomplish this task, which may make them self-conscious. By working with them, you can see what types of things help them gain confidence, while also observing their fine motor skill improvements. How to Make Brushing Easier for a Child with Fine Motor Skill Delays The easiest thing you can do to help your child brush on their own when they have delays in their fine motor skills is to give them an electric toothbrush. The larger handle makes brushing a bit easier, and the handle is easier for them to control. When doing things outside of brushing, you can also help boost their ability to properly hold their toothbrush. Have them work on grasping small...
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