Back in August Little Mr’s first tooth appeared, shortly followed by another tooth two weeks later. Six months on and Little Mr now has a total of ten teeth including two huge molars. I vaguely remember the Health Visitor who visited us at home when Little Mr was a newborn offering us tips on dental hygiene for babies but at that point, in all honesty, I wasn’t the faintest bit interested. I was sleep deprived, my newborn wasn’t feeding from the breast and all the Health Visitor was telling us was when to get my newborns teeth checked in a couple of years time.
According to research carried out by the makers of Aquafresh, out of 1000 parents interviewed, two thirds of the parents surveyed didn’t know how or when to start looking after their little one’s teeth with over a quarter of parents intending to start brushing their baby’s teeth once they had between two and five teeth. Once they have started encouraging their little ones to brush their teeth, one in ten parents feel they’re wasting a lot of time trying to get their children to brush their own teeth. The survey also revealed that a quarter of parents admit that getting children to brush their teeth is difficult and stressful.
When to start brushing your baby’s teeth?
Dentist, Tina Tanna says: “Milk teeth have 50% thinner enamel than adult teeth, so it’s key that mums and dads start brushing their child’s teeth regularly from the minute they come through, even if it’s just the one tooth. This will not only give their children the best possible oral healthcare start, but also get them into a good routine.”
Aquafresh and Netmums have collaborated on ‘tips for teething tots’ and have sent Little Mr a selection of goodies including an Aquafresh baby toothbrush, baby-friendly mint flavour Aquafresh milk teeth toothpaste, an Aquafresh Milk teething aid and a huge bath towel with the top tips for teething tots.
We started to brush Little Mr’s teeth as soon as his first toothypeg appeared. I was worried it might hurt his gums but we didn’t use much force. Now, Little Mr has become quite fond of his toothbrush, always reaching for it in the bath. We encourage him to brush his teeth in the bath of an evening and he has a toothbrush at his Grandparents to brush them in the morning after his breakfast. Although he just bites down on the brush, we brush his teeth with a tiny amount of toothpaste and then he does try to copy the movements for a few seconds. With practice I’m sure he’ll get there.
When did you start brushing your little one’s teeth? Do they hate it or love it?
Disclaimer: We were sent a selection of Aquafresh goodies for the purpose of this post.