Parents will all agree that getting kids to brush their teeth is actually easier said than done. In addition to this, parents are provided with plenty of tips and advice on how to handle their children when brushing their teeth or in maintaining good oral hygiene; however, the reality is that you cannot find the tooth fairy to the rescue at the time her magic is badly needed.
It is quite essential for parents to consider that just like with adults, regular teeth cleaning routine for children play a pivotal role in oral health too. It is understandable how tough it is to encourage children to keep their teeth clean and luckily there are some efficient ways on how to motivate them to practice good dental hygiene.
Here are some effective approaches on how to aid keep children’s teeth free of decay:
- Start brushing a child’s teeth using fluoride-based toothpaste as soon as temporary teeth or milk teeth erupt roughly when the baby is six months old. Indeed, it is vital to utilize fluoride toothpaste since this aids control or prevent dental caries.
- All kids can utilize family toothpaste that contains about 1,350 up to 1,500 ppm fluoride so long as there is adult supervision while the child is brushing till he or she reaches the age of 7. Be reminded that children must be advised not to lick or eat toothpaste from the tube.
- Kids below six years old and who do not have 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 the dentist or check the packaging of the preferred toothpaste.
- 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.
- It is beneficial to encourage children to spit out excess toothpaste. It is not advisable to rinse with water immediately after brushing the teeth as this may reduce the benefits of fluoride.
- Children who are under the age of 8 still require supervision when brushing. But, at this period, 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 the child to the dentist’s clinic is when his or her first temporary teeth erupt. This way, the child will be easily familiarized with the environment and may be able to start a good relationship with the dentist at an early age.
- The dentist can significantly aid prevent dental caries and detect any dental issues earlier. Early dental care is surely a beneficial preventive care as the child grows.
- Make sure that visiting the dentist is a fun and enjoyable trip for the 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 cleaning as recommended by a dental hygienist or a dentist.
Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.