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How to Select a Toothbrush for Babies and Toddlers

The teething process begins from the age of around 6 to 8 months, though it may be a bit late in some children. When the child gets around 3 to 4 teeth and also starts having external feeds, it is time to brush the teeth. The jaw, gums and teeth are very sensitive in this age. Hence selecting the right toothbrush is very important. Here are some tips regarding this:

Your baby's first toothbrush should ideally be a finger toothbrush. It fits around your finger and is gentle and soft bristled. This enables you to clean the few teeth without hurting the baby. The baby can also bite into it with no harm.

As the number of teeth increases, introduce a proper kids' toothbrush. This again should be gentle on the gums and teeth. In this case you can buy bright colored attractive brushes that make brushing an enjoyable task.

Toddlers usually insist on brushing teeth on their own. Hence, for kids above one year select a toothbrush which they can grip properly.

Even when the kids insist to brush on their own, you need to take charge and supervise the task of brushing teeth. Also induce the habit of brushing teeth twice daily.

Any toothbrush needs to be replaced after at least 2 to 3 months. Also teach your toddler the basic etiquette of brushing like cleaning the toothbrush and proper gargle.

Tips: Avoid using a toothpaste for babies.Start a toothpaste when the kid can gargle it out, say from around 18 to 20 months of age. This may vary in each child depending on the teething process and understanding.

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9 comments:

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Thanks Sandra.

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Bestchastnykh said...

Great articles - I found some other interesting articles about creating the habit for toddlers http://harimuji.com/2014/05/07/how-to-make-them-love-brushing-their-teeth/

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