Dental Care For Your Child
The secret to healthy teeth and a perfect smile lies in establishing good oral hygiene at a young age. A child is not aware of the ill consequences of not brushing correctly. They need to be guided and supervised whilebrushing from the first tooth until the age of 10-12 years. Starting early will not only get you child acquainted with the daily routine but also establish a clean and hygienic habit in your young one formaintaining your child’s dental health and reducing chances of tooth decay. Some other rules in oral health are in not giving them too much of sugary foods and drinks. An early visit to your dentist willadd to the benefitsof understanding the nitty-gritty aspects of oral care for your child. Here are some tips for taking care of your child’s teeth:
Brushing and Flossing:
Finding a brush that is right for your child is the most important part. For children below the age of 2, a soft washcloth can be used to clean their tooth by wrapping it around your finger but one should only use water until the child has reached 18 months. Once your child has four teeth in a row or is above 2-3 years old, you can use a child-size toothbrush with soft bristles and replace it every 3-4 months or when the bristles get worn or frayed. Brush your child’s teeth atleast twice a day – in the morning and just before bed. Back molars are prone to cavities if not taken good care, brush for 2 minutes concentrating a good portion of this time on the back molars. Flossing can be started as soon as your child gets two teeth that touch. A floss stick might be an easier choice for both you and your child.
Choosing the right Toothpaste:
Children aged 0 to 17 months do not need toothpaste as they receive enough fluoride to benefit their teeth through food and water. From 18 months to 5 years a toothpaste low in fluoride should be used in limited quantity so that even if your child swallows some toothpaste, the small amount wouldn’t be of any concern. Many children’s toothpasteare now days flavoured to further encourage brushing. Always read the manufacturers label as some toothpaste are not recommended for children under a certain age. If your area receives water which is not fluoridated, as your dental professional for advice.
Cavities happen when bacteria and food left on the teeth after eating and what your child eats and drinks can have a powerful impact on their teeth. Sugary foods, juices, candy if consumed in excess can erode enamel and cause cavities. If your child consumes such products, have them rinse their mouth or brush their teeth after eating to wash away the sugar. Foods high in fibre along with dairy products with no added sugar are good for the oral health. Foods rich in Vitamin A, C and D as well as calcium and phosphorous are especially good for the teeth. A healthy diet should be maintained for the overall development of your child.
Visit to the Dentist:
All children should have their first oral check-up done by the age of 2. A visit to a dentist can help in detection of problems early and help kids get used to visiting the dentists. Your dentist can also help teach your child about good food and drink choices along with proper brushing and flossing techniques.