Healthy teeth are vital to the development of a child’s speaking and chewing abilities. The lack of a good oral hygiene routine can lead to infections, diseases and structural problems of the teeth. The good news is you can equip your kids with the tools and knowledge to make their oral care routine enjoyable.
Watch fun movies and read exciting bedtime stories about dental hygiene with your children. Play a fun song or use a timekeeper to ensure your kids brush for two minutes, twice every day. While shopping, encourage your child to pick a brush of their favourite colours and toothpaste of their favourite flavour.
Your child’s first visit to the dentist should be a fun one. Sometimes it just for a ride in the chair and a new toothbrush. The earlier they get comfortable in the dental environment, the less stressful it will be, especially for you.
Below are a few components, including healthy eating, that will promote good oral health in your kids.
Cleaning Their Teeth
It is important to start a daily oral care routine for your child before the first tooth appears. After each feeding, wipe their gums with a warm, wet cloth to remove excess food and bacteria. As soon as the first tooth appears, brush with a small, soft-bristled brush with only warm water.
Parents should always check their children’s teeth periodically for anything out of the ordinary. When you lay your child down for bed, make it a habit to inspect their teeth as it is much easier to check the upper teeth when they are lying down.
You should begin educating your children about proper dental hygiene between the ages of one and two. Buy them a child-size toothbrush and only use water to clean their teeth twice a day.
Teach your kids to brush their teeth, gums and tongue. Children need help brushing their teeth until they are seven or eight. Also, kids go through toothbrushes quickly, so you should replace the brush every three months.
When teeth begin to touch each other, add daily flossing to their routine. You should teach your child to floss at least once a day. To make things easier for your child, you can purchase floss that comes on a handle.
Have your child brush with a pea-sized dot of fluoride toothpaste once they are old enough to spit it out. Fluoride helps strengthen the teeth against decay.
A high amount of fluoride intake can be detrimental to your child’s health and cause tooth stains but the intake of fluoride present in our water is in fact beneficial. The consumption of some fluoride alleviates cavities in baby teeth and adult teeth. It strengthens the tooth enamel and hardens the teeth.
The majority of kids intake fluoride from their drinking water and if you use water filters in your homes, make sure they do not remove fluoride from the water. Your child can take an oral fluoride supplement if your drinking water lacks the chemical formula. Also, dentists give children a fluoride varnish and cleaning during their appointments.
However, inform your kids never to swallow fluoride mouthwash or fluoride toothpaste, since these products contain the chemical in higher amounts.
A balanced diet is essential for a child’s development. Teeth, bones and soft tissue of the mouth will benefit from a regular variety of healthy foods.
Sugary drinks and foods can turn into acid and deteriorate their teeth, making them vulnerable to cavities. It is very important to make healthy food choices with your child by avoiding too much sugar. Limit their soda, fruit juice and sweet drink intake and try to prevent sweet snacks throughout the day. Also, always have them try to have a sip of water after every meal or snack.
Usually Won’t Cause Cavities:
- Raw vegetables
- Fresh Fruit
Causes Cavities Easily:
- Chocolate milk
- Dried flour cereal
Some kids are prone to developing cavities if they have ongoing health issues, were prematurely born or had a low birth weight, have brown or white spots on their teeth, or do not visit the dentist often. Cavities occur in the form of minuscule hollows in our teeth when bacteria and germs build up in our mouth. These problems are common in children since their teeth are harder to brush.
Limiting the amount of sugar intake can prevent cavities in both kids and adults. Fresh fruits and vegetables is a great alternative to products that contain added sugar.
Wearing a mouthguard is mandatory if your child plays any physical sports. Mouthguards are smooth retainers made from plastic to protect the player’s teeth and lips. Custom made mouth guards are available at most dental clinics.
Visit KR Dental
KR Dental staff are not only trained to work with children but also have the experience of treating thousands of children. Our clinic is equipped with a child play area and televisions and headsets in all treatment rooms.
Dentists at KR dental clinic will make all your child’s visits fun and helpful. We will record your child’s dental and medical history and conduct thorough examinations to ensure the maintenance of good dental health. We are always happy to explain all our findings to you and your child and answer any questions.