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Getting Your Child Started on Dental Hygiene and Oral Care

You can help kids develop oral hygiene habits appropriately by starting them off with dental care from birth. If that sounds odd, it means you do the brushing until they can do it themselves.

At Brampton Dental Arts of Brampton, Ontario, Dr. Azeem Sheikh recommends that you practice good dental care from the day of your child’s birth. Each time you feed your baby, use a clean, lint-free cloth to clean off your baby’s gums after their feed. They may not have teeth still, but they learn even as infants, so you teach them dental hygiene when you do this.

As soon as their first baby tooth develops, you should begin brushing their tooth and gums with a soft-bristled baby toothbrush using a child’s toothpaste with fluoride. By their first birthday, they should have their first dentist’s visit.

As soon as they start toddling about the house, you can involve them in their brushing. After each meal or snack, they should brush. You need to help them brush until they get the hang of it, but by the age of three, they should be able to brush on their own. Put a step bench in the bathroom so they can reach the washbasin by themselves. If you have a bathroom with double sinks, you brush your teeth while they brush theirs, so they see how it is done. Kids also learn by example.

Making oral hygiene fun for kids

Make the process fun for them. You might play a fun song while brushing your teeth and flossing. Purchase a children’s toothbrush in a fun shape and colour. That goes for toothpaste, too, but make sure that it contains fluoride.

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You can explain why brushing your teeth is so important. Also, discuss what happens if you do not brush. You can train your children to love brushing their teeth, especially by showing them that you take it seriously, too.

Children’s Oral Care in Brampton Ontario

When they’re ready to visit a dentist, call (905) 581-3726 to book an appointment. Brampton Dental Arts have various children’s oral care options available for residents in Brampton, ON, and the surrounding areas. Call Brampton Dental Arts today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Azeem Sheikh.

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Dr. Sheikh graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2003, and has been practicing dentistry in the Greater Toronto Area for over 15 yrs. His main goal has been to focus on providing patients with all aspects of dental treatment, from basic dentistry (fillings, root canals, crowns), all the way to complex surgeries including wisdom tooth extractions, gum grafting and dental implants. Dr. Sheikh has placed over 4000 implants at a success rate of 99% and works with other dentists and denture clinics to provide various surgical procedures for their patients also! In addition to operating his practice, he is an international lecturer and Key Opinion Leader on Soft Tissue Management (non-surgical gum treatment program) for DenMat. He is also the Course Director for the HiOssen Master Implant Training Program, a program that trains dentists on how to perform implant surgeries on their own patients. He has also lectured for other large organizations including the Halton Peel Dental Association, Smiles First Academy and Straumann on varying topics including Implant Treatments and Case Presentation. Lastly, he is the founder of the Ontario Dental Implant Network (, featuring courses and Live Surgery mentorship to over 55 dentists across the Greater Toronto Area. If you are looking for a new dentist – look NO FURTHER!

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