Parents across the globe understand the importance of healthy teeth; however, many do not know how to ensure that their child's pearly whites remain in excellent condition. There are many questions that need to be answered. When do you introduce your child to their first dental check-up? When must they learn to floss, and is diet important? What other problems do children have with regards to their dental health?
Here is a brief set of guidelines that may answer some of these questions.
Even before teething begins, your baby's gums should be swabbed gently to remove harmful bacteria after feeding. Once teething begins, use a soft infant toothbrush, and mix water with a drop of infant toothpaste. Remember they can't rinse yet so try avoid the swallowing of toothpaste.
Flossing can be started once the bottom and top rows of teeth begin to touch. Once they reach 2 years of age they can learn to spit and rinse - and be taught to avoid swallowing paste.
Sugar is enemy number one when it comes to tooth health. Teach your children to rinse after eating sugary foods. Even better, don't let them eat sugar laden treats in the first place. Of course, this may be a big ask for parents who like to indulge in sugary treats themselves. Try to raise children on healthy natural foods and avoid processed, sugar rich products.
Don't let your kids brush their teeth immediately after drinking juices or ingesting medicine. The sugar acids in these products can be corrosive against the tooth enamel. Instead, have them either wait a while or let them rinse first, and then brush.
Visiting the Dentist:
Take your child to the dentist early and often. You can begin visiting the dentist with them as soon as they start teething. This regular exposure to the dentist will create trust and the dentist can teach them about proper dental care such as brushing, flossing and how to prevent cavities. By the time they need to go in for their regular check-ups, (maybe 4 times a year, depending on the dentist), there should be minimal trauma involved.
Excellent oral care for your child does not need to be complicated. Establishing good dental hygiene habits will be your main key to success. When your child learns to brush, floss, and avoid sugary treats their teeth will be off to the best possible start in life. Of course, you also want to teach them to visit their dentist regularly. The dentist will be able to diagnose and treat any oral issues before they become too serious. Above all else, try to make sure that your child keeps smiling!