Healthy teeth are essential for your child’s overall health. Encourage your child to have proper oral care as early as possible because this will aid in a healthy lifetime of smiles. Keeping kids cavity-free is the ultimate goal.
When and how to care for your little one’s teeth include:
- Even before your baby gets their teeth, run a clean and damp cloth over gums to clear any bacteria.
- When the child gets their first teeth, brush them with an age-appropriate toothbrush. Use water and toothpaste with fluoride. Be sure to give a rice grain amount of toothpaste because babies tend to swallow it.
- As soon as the teeth touch, start flossing their teeth.
- Around age two, your child will learn how to spit while brushing. Avoid giving them water to swish and spit as this will increase the likelihood of swallowing the toothpaste.
- Kids age three and up should use a pea-sized toothpaste with fluoride
Here are some ways to make dental hygiene fun for your kids:
- Let your child choose his or her toothbrush. It can be their favorite cartoon character or
- superhero. Their favorite color works too!
- Let your child choose their toothpaste and its flavor.
- Read books or watch videos that teach proper dental care
- Play their favorite song that will last for two minutes to keep track of the time of their brushing
- Plan a fun activity after a dental visit
Fluoride is essential to your child’s oral health. It is known to reduce cavities and helps teeth to be healthy by hardening the tooth enamel. Teach your children to brush their tongue too to reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth. Ensure to change toothbrushes every three to six months or when the bristles look worn. Dentists advise that parents be role models to their kids as they like to imitate people around them.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a child should visit their dentist before their first birthday. It gives the dentist a chance to look for early problems with your child’s teeth. Visiting a dentist at a young age will help your child be more comfortable, and it establishes a habit of regular dental checkups too.
Diet also plays a vital role in your child’s oral health. Keep their foods in check and avoid sugary foods and drinks to prevent cavities. Cavities are the holes that form in your teeth – it is known to be more common in children because their teeth can be harder to brush. Ensure that everyone in the family practices good oral hygiene because cavity-causing bacteria can be passed on to children through the sharing of utensils.
We, at Kidsmile, are passionately dedicated to providing quality dental care for your child. Our goal is to partner with you to help your child establish and achieve excellent oral health.
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