Even though we have been brushing and flossing our teeth for a long time, many are still surprised to know that we are not doing it the right way. Did you know that brushing your teeth should take two minutes at the minimum? Most adults do not come close to brushing that long.
Parents should understand that dental care is essential to overall health. Dental hygiene should start early in life because learning good habits are molded during a child’s formative years. Proper oral care starts even before the tooth erupts. Wipe your child’s mouth with clean gauze every after feeding to avoid bacteria, causing plaque inside the mouth. As soon as the first tooth pops in, this is the time to brush your child’s teeth. But how do you correctly brush your child’s mouth, and how can they learn it?
Here are some ways to teach your kids how to brush correctly:
- Step 1: The parent or child should angle a soft-bristled toothbrush at 45 degrees towards the gums of the upper and lower teeth.
- Step 2: The toothbrush should be moved gently in a back and forth motion with short strokes along with the teeth and gums. This technique should be continued on every tooth’s interior and exterior in the same way.
- Step 3: The tip of the brush should be placed in an upright position to reach behind the front teeth on the top and at the bottom.
- Step 4: Brush the tongue to remove odor-causing bacteria on the surface.
Please encourage your child to brush their teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Ensure that your child’s brush is soft-bristled because a hard-bristled toothbrush may be too abrasive for young children. The novelty of battery-operated brushes may also appeal to your kids, and these clean slightly better than manual toothbrushes.
Your child’s toothbrush has to be replaced every three to four months or sooner if the bristles are already worn out. It is also a great idea to change them after your kids get sick to avoid re-introducing germs, viruses, or bacteria back in their system.
Starting age six, children can already brush their teeth on their own. However, parental supervision is still required to see if they are reaching the hard-to-clean areas in the mouth.
Aside from teaching your kids how to brush their teeth, educate them that flossing is important too. Kids should start to floss when tooth surfaces are sitting next to each other. It is essential to clean the space between teeth because bacterial plaque and food can settle in the gap. Dental problems such as gum disease, tooth decay, and halitosis may arise if flossing is disregarded.
Along with consistent and excellent oral practices, a regular dental visit is vital for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
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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