The Role of Parents to Child’s Oral Hygiene

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The foundation of healthy teeth in children are molded during the first years of life. Poor eating habits, poor diet, and inadequate oral hygiene in early childhood have a significant effect on kids having tooth decay.

Dental caries is the most prevalent dental problem in children because they consume high sugar and starch foods. The development of caries in primary teeth further increases the risk of emerging caries in permanent teeth. Tooth decay and dental caries take place when parents do not focus on a child’s oral hygiene.

It is essential to establish a proper and consistent oral routine early to ensure good progress of strong and healthy teeth. Before the first tooth erupts, parents should clean the child’s mouth and gums with clean gauze soaked in water every after feeding. Once the tooth has finally erupted, caregivers should brush teeth twice a day with water then move on with fluoride toothpaste when the child turns two years of age. Make sure that children use a pea-sized toothpaste because kids this age are likely to swallow it. After age two, parents will have to use playful motivation to encourage their children to brush their teeth. Letting your child clean his teeth will help her feel that she’s part of the action. Make it fun for your kids by playing their favorite song that will last for two minutes to track the brushing time. Have your kids choose their toothbrush so they will always be excited when it’s brushing time. After the child brushes his or her teeth, parents should re-brush the hard to clean areas to prevent plaque buildup that causes tooth decay.

Additionally, some books and videos can help you stimulate your child to brush their teeth. Take the opportunity to clean teeth with your kids while you can. It can be a good bonding moment while supervising your child. Children need parental supervision during brushing time until eight years old. Lead your kids and show them that oral health is valued because parents are the child’s role model.

Primary teeth are essential to the development of permanent teeth. Though the primary teeth have a short lifespan, taking care of them plays a vital role in your child’s body. The functions of primary or baby teeth include reserving space for permanent teeth, helping shape the face, assisting in proper speech, safeguarding good nutrition, and providing a healthy foundation for permanent teeth.

Paying attention to your child’s dental hygiene will have lifelong dividends. Ensure to visit your pediatric dentists before your child turns one year old and every six months after that. This way, your dentist can monitor your child’s tooth development and oral health.

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.

You can message us here or via our social media accounts for an initial consultation or in booking your appointment.

Sources:

https://www.colgateprofessional.com/education/patient-education/topics/oral-care-forchildren/childhood-oral-hygiene-and-the-role-of-parents

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3664493/

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