Parents will all agree that getting kids to brush their teeth is easier said than done.
Although parents are supplied with plenty of advice on how to get their children to maintain good oral hygiene, the reality is that the tooth fairy won’t come to the rescue at the time her magic is needed the most.
It is quite essential for parents to consider that just like with adults, regular teeth cleaning plays a pivotal role in oral health. It is understandable how tough it is to encourage children to keep their teeth clean. Luckily, there are some efficient ways on how to motivate children to practice good dental hygiene.
Here are some effective approaches toward keeping children’s teeth free of decay:
- Start brushing your child’s teeth using fluoride-based toothpaste as soon as temporary teeth or “milk teeth” erupt. This roughly occurs when the baby is six months old.
- Know that all kids can utilize toothpaste that contains 1,350 to 1,500 ppm fluoride, long as there is adult supervision while the child is brushing.
- Always monitor your children as they brush their teeth until they reach the age of 7. Remind your children not to swallow toothpaste!
- Kids under six-years-old without dental caries can utilize toothpaste that contains less fluoride. However, it is a must for a child to use toothpaste that has at least 1,000 ppm fluoride. For more information, ask your child’s dentist.
- Children who are under three-years-old must utilize a minimal amount of toothpaste, preferably pea-sized.
- Brush a child’s teeth for approximately 2 minutes at least twice per day.
- By the age of 8, children must be able to brush their own teeth. Adults must provide minimal supervision and ensure that kids already know the proper way of thorough brushing.
Some factors to consider when taking the child to the dentist:
- The best time to take a child to the dentist’s clinic is when his or her first temporary teeth erupt. This way, the child will easily familiarize with the new environment and may be able to start a good relationship with the dentist at an early age.
- The dentist can significantly prevent dental caries and detect dental issues earlier on. Early dental care is surely a beneficial preventive method of a plethora of oral complications as the child grows.
- Make sure that visiting the dentist is a fun and enjoyable trip for your child. Choose a dentist who can handle children well. This way, parents and children need not feel apprehensive about the next dentist appointment.
- Take the child for regular dental examinations and professional cleanings as recommended by a dental hygienist or a dentist.