Monday, May 16, 2011

Sign of the Week: Toothbrush

Teaching your little one to brush his teeth is one of the routines that you enjoy with your child.  Adding simple signs to your daily routines will help your child learn what comes next and will ease transitions from one activity to another. Try making TOOTHBRUSH part of your routine today.

When Do I start brushing my babies teeth?
Even before your baby sports his first tooth, it's a good idea to get into the habit of wiping his gums with gauze or a soft wet washcloth during bath time. You don't need to use any toothpaste yet. Simply wrap the cloth or gauze around your index finger and rub it gently over the gums.

What's the best way to start bruthing their teeth after they come in?
As your child's teeth start to appear (generally around 6 months), look for a baby toothbrush with a small bristle head and larger grip suitable for your hand. (If your child is healthy and still hasn't sprouted his first tooth by the end of his first year, don't worry — some children don't start getting them until 15 to 18 months.)

As long as you're cleaning your child's teeth regularly, you don't need to use any toothpaste yet. Just brush the teeth gently on both the outside and inside surfaces twice a day. Brush his tongue as well (if he'll let you) to dislodge the bacteria that can cause bad breath. One quick swipe is enough. Replace the toothbrush as soon as the bristles start to look worn or splayed out.