Should I brush my 1 years olds teeth? FAQs about family dental care answered

As our team at Brisbane Laser Dentist regularly see parents with young children, we have answered our fair share of questions relating to children’s dental care.
And this is great!
It shows that more parents than ever before are taking an interest in their child’s dental health and are eager to help their children maintain good oral health. And as any dentist will tell you, setting your child up for good oral health from an early age can make a tremendous impact on how they will treat their teeth in the future. In short, the earlier you introduce your children to the idea of looking after their teeth, the more inclined they will be to do it.
When you are looking for a Coorparoo family dental practice, come along to Brisbane Laser Dentist. Our team can make check-ups fun for your children, and offer them and you tips on how to keep their teeth in great condition. Perfect!
Child dental care is not exactly easy for parents and it can be hard to get your child excited about brushing their teeth. Here, our team answers some of the most commonly asked questions they receive from parents. Enjoy!
When should I start brushing milk teeth?
As soon as they appear!
Our Coorparoo family dental practice encourages parents to begin exposing their children to the idea of brushing their teeth from an early age, preferably before their first tooth even erupts.
Once your child’s milk teeth do appear, start brushing them with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day.
Why are my child’s adult teeth yellow?
Our Coorparoo family dental team hears this question almost every day!
Baby teeth are naturally whiter than adult teeth, due to a lower level of dentine and when the 2 types of teeth are next to each other, this difference can be more pronounced.
If you have worries about your child’s teeth appearing too yellow, contact our team for a check-up.
Will my child need braces?
Up to 85% of all people on the planet could benefit from orthodontic treatment, so if your child does need a brace, try not to worry.
Our team will be able to detect whether a brace is needed at an earlier stage than you may think but you will only be sent for an orthodontic appointment once your child reaches the age of 7 or when all their adult teeth have erupted.
What is the best toothpaste to use?
The fluoride requirement of your child’s toothpaste will vary depending on age but here is a rough guide;
0-3 years old, 1000ppm of fluoride.
3-6 years old, 1000ppm + of fluoride.
7 years+, 1350-1500ppm of fluoride.
If in doubt, talk to our team who will be happy to discuss your family’s needs..
It’s difficult to brush my kids’ teeth; are there any tips?
Make it fun! Keep your child engaged with brushing their teeth by sticking to a routine, invest in fun toothbrushes and practice positive reinforcement. Brush your teeth while they brush theirs, to show them the importance of regular cleaning.
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