What is a finger brush?
A little set of gentle brushing bristles on the fingertip is called a finger brush. Many finger brushes are made of silicone, which is durable and simple, and effective in cleaning. The toothbrush of the finger is often worn by people who burn their teeth to ensure the greatest control and prevent tooth or gum damage. The toothbrush of the finger is fitted onto the user’s finger which enables him to carefully clean his teeth, massaging his gum in angles that no rigid toothbrush is capable of reaching.
Many health centers, especially veterinarians, use disposable finger brushes to clean their patient’s mouths effectively. Further, it also helps to avoid the spread of communicable diseases.
Finger brushing for babies
Other than for patients, finger brushing is widely used for babies who have developed teeth recently. Decayed baby teeth can interfere with their development as well as cause hindrance in growth and nutrition. In case the decayed baby teeth are not treated properly, these teeth can dismantle and interfere with the growth of new permanent teeth. Usually, for babies, a silicone finger brush is used.
Dentures will start when the first baby’s tooth pushes through the gums. Clean the lips, the first teeth, or the front, after meals and at bedtime, with a clean, wet washcloth, gauze pad, or finger brush.
Pediatric dentists recommend using a moistened toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste like rice grains. The brushes should be very soft and not exceeding three rows (a pediatric dentist or your pharmacist can help you find the finger brushes and a proper baby toothbrush).
Silicone finger toothbrushes available for kids are usually soft with special benefits. . This toothbrush contains secure and safe non-toxic silicone, containing silver nano and prevents bacteria, viruses, and fungi due to negative ions emitted from bristles. The majority of finger toothbrushes are flexible, slipping, containing silicon sheath, present at the end of the brushes. A brush needs to fit snugly to ensure it does not come off while brushing results in reflex by the baby.
How to start?
You may use a warm, soft cloth, to scrub off their bacteria present in your baby’s mouth. It is usually done when the baby does not develop teeth, this technique is useful in cleaning the gum. This helps avoid damage to your baby’s teeth as and when it starts to grow and it also helps them to get used to being brushed.
It is recommended to brush your child’s teeth at least two times a day as soon as teeth start emerging above the gum line. Once in the morning and later after their last meal or before bed, to avoid food or milk to sit in their mouth overnight.
After your infant develops teeth, but before they start spitting, you can use a silicone toothbrush. Using a moist brush to make soft circles on all teeth and gum lines on the front, back, and top surfaces. For children under age 5, or toddlers, you can use toothpaste of the size of a grain of rice.
Help your child keep their face in such a position that the toothpaste can dribble out into the sink or washbasin, make sure they learn how to spit after brushing and not swallow it. it may be difficult for the child to spit in the beginning but they’ll learn gradually.
What to do when the baby resists finger brushing?
Not all babies enjoy getting their teeth cleaned – and they may be particularly resistant if their teeth are growing as their gums become tender. If your baby is resistant towards getting his or her teeth or gums brushed, here’s what you can do:
- Don’t force it on them: A baby’s gum is sensitive and there is a high probability that they will resist when you start brushing their teeth/ gum even with a cloth. You can clean their mouth with a finger brush just in just one direction if they resist and only clean thoroughly when they get used to it.
- Try to distract them- For certain babies, all you need to do to make finger brushing a little playful, as they may be very resistant. Sing their favorite song or tell them a story, when you clean their teeth or make foolish references while finger brushing.
- Show them how this works: When kids watch their mom or dad brushing and having fun, they think of it as a fun activity and therefore also want to engage in it. doing it with your kids encourages them to follow your steps.
- Make it a playful activity and not a forceful one: Your baby is probably curious about using or experiencing finger brushing. Foster their curiosity by allowing them to get used to it slowly and even do it themselves once they get a little comfortable.
Advantages of finger brushing
- Hampers bacterial and fungal growth
- Reduces risk of infections with bacteria and fungi
- Massages the teeth of baby gums
- Softer than the bristle of nylon
- The normal teeth surface is protected against abrasion and recession from gums.
- Develops the interests of the child in brushing their teeth
- Silicone does not harm the skin but establishes a normal skin cell affinity
- the opportunity to strip and scrub out foreign substances
- Allows teeth and tender gums to feel more sensitive.
- A finger brush made of thicker silicone protects the wearer’s finger from those that appear to bend in brushing
- Enables easy access all over the mouth
- Is easy and convenient to use
Long before your children are even old enough to spit toothpaste, you should start teaching them to use toothbrushes. Firstly start brushing their teeth with a finger brush then teach them to do it themselves.
Practicing is fine, as with many things in life, to completely be able to brush their teeth on their own, could take some time and patience. Make sure you keep encouraging them to do better until they learn. Luring the child for a good treat or for something they like can make your task easier.