DISCLOSURE: Noelle Copeland RDH is an Oral Care Specialist and Dental Consultant who provides content for Brilliant Oral Care and Baby Buddy.
The arrival of a child is a special time in the life of parents, family, and friends. Did you know that Oral Care begins right away for your new baby? When oral care starts early, “New Baby” early, you lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits.
Parent-performing oral care will continue into adolescence, and indirect supervision will continue indefinitely. Children who have early oral care routines established as babies learn to take care of their oral care effectively and consistently earlier than children who did not. They are also less likely to experience chronic dental diseases like cavities, gingivitis, and periodontitis. I can’t think of a better tool to help make brushing easy to start and seamless to continue than the oral care kits from Brilliant.
In my opinion, Brilliant has the best infant toothbrush, kid toothbrush, and supportive programs to help establish early oral care and to continue doing it. So if you were looking for the hacks and tips for brushing baby and toddler teeth, you’ve found the right place.
Up to three months of age, there's not much saliva to help wash away any of the milk residues that can build up in your baby’s mouth, so starting an oral care routine early on is the key to prevention. After three months, the salivary glands begin producing fountains of liquid where drool elicits the need for bibs that are not just a requirement but become quite a necessity! During the first three months, babies are either nursing or being bottle-fed, and this is a great time to introduce cleaning your baby's mouth after feedings to help reduce the build-up of pathogenic bacteria and fungus that can lead to “thrush” and even oral diseases and cavities later on in life.
You can initiate this early oral care activity by using a sterile cloth to gently wipe the baby’s gums, tongue, and inside cheeks after-feedings. The best way to start is by scheduling this within the other activities in your routine to avoid taking away any more time in your already busy schedule. What this activity accomplishes is twofold: it removes any milk residue that has been leftover from feedings throughout the day, helping to prevent a build-up from occurring in the mouth, which in turn, if left over time, can potentially cause negative issues.
Remember, you're not just cleaning the mouth, you are training yourself and your baby to adapt to and accept this new routine. Studies in early oral care prevention have shown that children introduced to early brushing and gum wiping routines significantly reduced the incidence of oral care diseases and cavities later on in life.
For the first five years of a child's life, the adult is the one who will be doing ALL of the oral care for a child. Children usually do not acquire the proper dexterity to brush their teeth until around age five effectively, and in some cases, later than age 5. Eruption patterns differ from child to child. However, most children will get the two “bottom” front teeth first, then the two “top” front teeth. This is also the season where first foods get introduced. This adds additional starches and sugars to the diet, making oral care vitally important, especially before bedtime.
Brilliant® has made oral care easy and fun with their giftable NEW Oral Care KIts, designed specifically for babies and children. Look no further to find the best toothbrush for one-year-olds, a toothbrush for 2 year olds, or a vibrating toothbrush for toddlers. Brilliant has it all from baby to adult. Our patented round head bristle toothbrush not only removes the plaque on teeth, it simultaneously cleans and removes the plaque and bacteria found on the cheeks, gums, teeth, and tongue. It’s the bristles that make all the difference when performing oral care. Don’t forget to #BRUSHBRILLIANT.
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