DENTAL HYGIENE FOR KIDS
Imagine having no teeth in your mouth like a newborn, and then the importance of your teeth that help you chew, bite, and break food items into chunks so that you can eat and digest your food properly. Human teeth are beautifully functional and have various benefits while they rest inside our mouths. Teeth control the airflow in our mouths and make it easier for us to speak as the tongue strikes through them. A whole process takes place to grow a set of teeth and many precautions are required to keep that set of teeth safe and healthy.
A baby’s teeth appear when they are between 4 to 7 months old. By the age of 3, most kids have a full set of 20 baby teeth. But these teeth are not permanent and a child loses these baby teeth between 6 to 12 years old and these lost teeth are replaced with permanent adult teeth. A full set of adult teeth comprises 32 teeth, which includes wisdom teeth that show up in late teens or early adulthood.
Strong oral care on regular basis helps to have a good dental set whereas ignorance will lead to disease, infection, or other teeth problems. Healthy and stronger teeth are important to a child’s overall health. To maintain healthy teeth condition it is important to uphold the child’s healthy oral well-being by providing needful nutrients to them.
It is very important to start good oral habits as early as possible.
Let your child choose the brush of their own choice.
Get fluoridated toothpaste, as fluoride helps to keep the teeth stronger.
You can change the flavor of toothpaste if your child doesn’t like it.
Use only pea-sized toothpaste for the starting.
Teach your child to brush at least twice a day.
Show them how to hold their brush against the gum line.
Tell them not to brush too hard, as it may damage the gums, and bleeding may occur.
Make sure the child brushes all the inner and outer areas of their teeth.
Teach them to cleanse and brush their tongue gently.
Maintain a habit to brush for at least 2 to 3 minutes properly.
Encourage your child to floss their teeth regularly.
Let them know how to insert the floss between two teeth, and use it back and forth.
Make sure that the child doesn’t force the floss under the gum line.
Teach them to floss between all teeth properly.
Make sure to avoid or limit sugary foods as they can cause cavities.
Visit the dentist for a check-up every 6 to 12 months, even if there are no signs of any problem.
Visiting the dentist can help with early detection, prevention, and management of teeth.
Remember that the formula for your child’s healthy teeth condition is proper oral hygiene and a balanced diet. On the other hand, poor eating habits and high sugar intake will result in tooth decay and various health issues.