Brushing your baby's teeth is a ritual that you must know how to put in place as soon as your first baby teeth appear. But it's not always easy to slip a toothbrush and toothpaste into their little mouth... Questions you tend to ask yourself: which products to use and which to avoid? At what age can we start brushing our teeth? And how do we do that?
Therefore, we have compiled some tips so that your little ones can be initiated to the first dental gestures as soon as possible!
WHICH PRODUCTS TO USE?
It goes without saying that brushing differs according to age... but there is a golden rule to follow: a toothbrush and toothpaste adapted to the age of each child!
For the toothbrush: No more plastic toothbrushes and opt for the 100% recyclable bamboo toothbrush, it reduces waste and ensures impeccable dental hygiene! It is ideal for the sensitive teeth of the smallest children. Efficient and ergonomic, it perfectly cleanses the mouth, while respecting the enamel of the teeth. To find out more, refer to our article: why choose a bamboo toothbrush?
For the toothpaste: We strongly recommend water before 3 years and then our 1st toothpaste which offers a healthy, natural and sweet solution with its ORGANIC strawberry extracts (rich in vitamin C and flavonoids for tonic properties and the flavor is not to please children). A pure and soft formula to avoid irritating your little one's sensitive gums.
To measure the toothpaste: It is preferable to use the equivalent of a pea.
WHICH PRODUCTS TO AVOID?
Toothpastes available in pharmacies include many highly controversial endocrine disruptors. You may have heard of titanium dioxide, triclosan, but what is it exactly?
The fluoride is an active ingredient most commonly found in toothpastes, to find out more, take a look at our article: the truth on fluoride. It is harmful to milk teeth because it can cause stains on tooth enamel.
The titanium dioxide was classified as a possible human cancer risk by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2006.
The triclosan is suspected to be an endocrine disruptor. It is considered to increase the resistance of certain microbes (even though it is mainly used as than antibacterial), and to enhance antibiotic resistance. Several studies have suggested that this antibacterial agent may reduce muscle strength, disrupt heart rate or cause allergies.
THE GOOD GESTURES
When to start brushing your teeth?
At each age its brushing! You can start brushing your baby's teeth as soon as his first milk teeth appear, usually around 6 and 10 months. But what are milk teeth? We all know the story of the tooth fairy which is believed to quietly enter your house while you sleep, comes to place a small piece under the pillow. Generally, milk teeth, named after their color and the fact that the little one feeds mainly on milk. They are fully completed when your child reaches about 3 years of age. Their mission (and they still accept it) is to prepare a location suitable for permanent teeth. And, even if they are temporary, they must be taken care of, as they are not protected against cavities and other infections. Tooth brushing begins as soon as the first teeth are out, with a suitable toothpaste.
At first, the main goal is to ritualize this moment, in order to avoid any blockage when your little one starts to assert himself and become autonomous.
When your baby's teeth are really out, regular brushing will prevent plaque build-up.
How to brush your child's teeth properly?
If you also wish to set up this new habit with your child, here are some tips to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible:
- Get a bath cape to cover splashes, prepare a cup, toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Make sure your child is well placed in front of the sink, ideally on a booster seat and start brushing his teeth.
- Let him grab the toothbrush and (try to) wash them himself. Well... there may be some everywhere at first, but your child will be very happy to have this little moment of autonomy... and to have the privilege of smearing himself without complex!
P.S.: During the first 4-5 years of life, your child may not have the ability to rinse his mouth thoroughly... So, a little patience, and keep teaching him how to do it with each brushing...
How often should they be brushed?
It is recommended to brush the teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and evening after each meal for two or three minutes by circular movements, but there is no reason why they should not also be brushed after lunch.