Establishing good oral hygiene routines at a young age is the first step towards healthy teeth, throughout life. Children need help and supervision to brush from the first tooth until the age of 10-12. A small child does not have the manual skills to brush properly and is not able to understand the consequences of not brushing correctly.
It’s often convenient to brush with your child lying down, head nearest to you, for example on the changing table.
Closeness and eye contact make the child feel secure.
While brushing, use your finger to hold out the lip and cheek to see and reach better.
Brushes for babies
With TePe Mini™ it’s easy to start brushing from the very first tooth. It’s recommended for children from 0 to 3 – 4 years of age.
The slightly older child can sit in your lap, leaning the head on your arm.
Brush with short movements and be sure that the filaments reach the gum line area.
Always brush in the same order, for example the inside, the outside and biting surfaces of the teeth, to make sure no tooth surface is forgotten.
To reach all surfaces, it helps to hold out the cheek and lip with your finger.
Brushes for pre-schoolers
After 3-4 years of age, you could change to a toothbrush with a slightly bigger brush head, like TePe Select Compact™. This brush is also available with nice prints, ask for TePe Kids™.
Supervise and help your child to brush until the age of 10-12. Brush with small movements and be sure that the filaments reach the gumline.
Always brush in the same order, for example the inside, the outside and biting surfaces of the teeth, to make sure no surface is forgotten.
Give some extra attention to the new molars which emerge behind the last milk teeth. Their biting surfaces are irregular and extra sensitive to cavities.