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According to the Brazilian Dental Association, brushing the baby's teeth should be started as soon as the first teeth begin to appear, and it is recommended to use fluoride toothpaste suitable for children to promote cleaning of the baby's mouth after meals and thus prevent the development of cavities.
In general, it is recommended that the baby's teeth be brushed at least twice a day, and it is recommended to give preference to brushing at night, after the baby's last meal, as this way it is possible to prevent the development of caries bottle. See more about baby bottle caries.
It is recommended that brushing be done with a brush suitable for the age of the baby, with soft bristles, and that light movements be made to avoid irritation to the gums and damage to the teeth.In addition, it is important to pay attention to the amount of paste placed on the brush, and it is recommended that an amount equivalent to the size of a grain of rice be placed for babies under 3 years old, to prevent the child from swallowing the paste.
How to brush
The baby's teeth should be brushed by an adult, and it is recommended that the baby's head is supported, so that it is possible to ensure comfort during brushing. In addition, the adult, with one hand, should move the baby's lips and cheeks away, so that it is possible to have a better view of the oral cavity.
It is important that a toothbrush suitable for the age of the baby is used and that it has soft bristles to avoid hurting the baby's gums. The brush should be changed every 3 to 4 months or when the bristles are worn out, as they can hurt your gums.
Brushing must be done with light movements and the amount of fluoride in the paste must be equal to or greater than 1000 ppm of fluoride, as this way it is possible to guarantee the elimination of bacteria that may be in excess in the baby's mouth.However, it is necessary to pay attention to the amount of paste, because if too much paste is placed on the brush, the baby may swallow it. Thus, for babies up to 3 years old, it is recommended that an amount equivalent to a grain of rice be placed, while for children over 3 years old, it can be equivalent to a pea.
When the baby is able to hold the brush by himself and brush his teeth, parents should let him brush them, to get used to it, however, they should brush again at the end to ensure they are ok clean.
How often to brush your teeth
Baby's teeth should be brushed, preferably after meals. However, as it is not always possible to brush your teeth after every meal, it is recommended to brush them at least twice a day, the last one before bed. In addition, the child should go to the dentist at least once a year to check that the teeth are growing correctly and that they are not developing cavities.Know when to take your baby to the dentist.