DISCLOSURE: Noelle Copeland RDH is the oral care specialist and dental consultant to the Brilliant and Baby Buddy oral care lines.
I get asked about oral care guidelines for infants and children all the time, and pediatrics is one of my favorite populations of patients that I proudly provide care for. If you’ve ever read anything I’ve written, you know that I advocate for early oral care practices. Early meaning, the mom is still pregnant, early! Literally, everything matters when you are pregnant. The saying “you are what you eat” takes on new meaning when you are growing a little human inside of you. Feeding your body well means you are feeding your baby well and laying a healthy foundation for growth and development.
One of my favorite projects with Brilliant Oral Care was our development of “The Brilliant Children’s Oral Care Guide.” This guide was designed specifically to answer the questions parents often ask about oral care for their children and it starts by discussing pregnancy oral care. Your baby's oral health and your pregnancy are intricately connected. Did you know that during the third and sixth months of pregnancy, children’s primary baby teeth begin forming and mineralizing? What you eat during pregnancy affects the growth of your unborn child in every way, including the development of baby teeth. During pregnancy, if you have active periodontal disease, you also have a higher risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, including preterm delivery, preeclampsia, and low birth weight. Taking care of your systemic health and your oral health, before, during, and after pregnancy are vitally important.
Throughout this guide, we incorporate 3 fundamental stages of focus for children’s oral care. In each stage, there are typical occurrences that happen that can ultimately affect oral health. For example, when first foods are introduced, this changes the environment of the mouth and the food source for the bacteria that naturally live in the mouth. So during the stage where first foods are typically introduced, we recommend appropriate oral care products with specific guidelines.
The Brilliant Children’s Oral Care guide is packed with useful tips, product recommendations, a valuable eruption pattern chart, advice for parents, additional Brilliant choices for the rest of the family, and our exclusive brushing guide.
You can also get any of our premium oral care products on our website. One of the most valuable product options, in my opinion, is our “Oral Care Kits Collection”. Each kit comes with our children’s oral care guide plus everything you need for the oral care of your new baby, your toddler’s first teeth, or your big kids’ full set of chompers.
And if you really want to make oral care FUN for your child, be sure to check out our “Sugar Bugs” book. Robbie is the star of Sugar Bugs, in an adventure of discovery on the importance of taking care of his teeth and gums. Robbie uses his dental floss for jump rope instead of flossing his teeth and his toothbrush has not been used in so long, it has dust and cobwebs. However, it doesn’t take Robbie or his parents, long to see, smell and feel the painful side effects of poor oral care. My kids love this book and we read it at least once a week.
Dental care for your infant, toddler, or big kid has never been this fun or this easy. In fact, I’m so sure that you will love all of the resources I’ve outlined here that I want to give you 15% off, just so you can try them all and see for yourself. You can find everything I’ve talked about and then some, right here https://www.brilliantoralcare.com/collections/all-brilliant-products and when you check out, be sure to use this coupon code NC15OFF.
Here are some oral care pointers to remember while you consider how to start your routine.
Be sure to check out the best baby finger toothbrush and the best toothbrush for kids by visiting https://www.brilliantoralcare.com/collections/oral-care-kits and scooping up one of our amazing NEW oral care kits. These kits come with everything you need to start a lifetime of healthy smiles. Early oral care is important! Talk to your dental professional about any challenges you may encounter or questions you may have about taking care of your child’s teeth and gums. Remember to always #BrushBrilliant
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