Every new tooth needs to be carefully cleaned from the beginning on, because bacteria is not differentiating between milk teeth and permanent teeth. The brushing of new teeth coming through is not easy, especially when the gums are exposed. However, it is very important that parents are brushing these teeth carefully and thoroughly and they don’t have to worry about hurting the new teeth.
Make sure to use an age adequate toothbrush that has a smaller head. The minimum amount of three minutes for brushing should be used in the best way possible - a teeth brushing timer could be useful. Further, the fluoride in the toothpaste will need that time to activate and protect the dental surface. Finally, the toothpaste should have a good taste.
Dental floss is indispensable for the cleaning of the interdental space, since those spaces are not reachable with a toothbrush. Ideally, dental floss should be used daily.
Generally, children enjoy brushing their teeth if it is done with an electric toothbrush. This circumstance can be used to start early on using an electric toothbrush for children. These toothbrushes, which are appropriate for children, have the right sized head, a suitable handle, and often an incorporated timer which can play different melodies while brushing the teeth. Once the child is ready to rinse, it is advised to gargle with a fluoride rinse solution to support the enamel.
The sooner children start to brush their own teeth, the better it is! The role model function of the parents is, like in so many other cases in life, of utmost importance. If possible, parents should sit across from their children and brush their teeth together. Because, children won’t invest more time into brushing their teeth, then their parents do. Therefore, it is always important for parents to control and influence the quality of their children's oral hygiene.