A lot of parents, and people in general, come to the conclusion that caring for children’s initial teeth is not nearly as important as caring for one’s permanent set of teeth.
Caring for your child’s oral health even before they develop their very first tooth is important for a lifetime of healthy pearly whites.
Here are some tips to ensure your child’s teeth are beautiful and strong, and in turn, are replaced by a healthy set of permanent teeth:
- Before your child’s first tooth, start rubbing their gums with a wet washrag. Once the develop their first tooth, start brushing it.
Rubbing your baby’s gums before their very first tooth erupts helps wash away harmful oral bacteria to ensure the first tooth is introduced to the healthiest environment as possible. Even if your baby has no signs of tooth development yet, it all starts with the health of the gums, the base and support system for their pearly whites. Once their first tooth comes through, start brushing that tooth with a baby toothbrush and tooth paste.
- Take your child to the dentist when their first tooth erupts or by the time of their first birthday.
A lot of parents disagree with this advice, but as advised by the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the AAPD, getting a quick checkup with the dentist by the age of one is important to ensure your baby’s teeth are coming in as they should and that you as a parent are doing your job at upkeeping your child’s oral health.
- As your child reaches an age where they can start brushing and flossing on their own, it’s your still responsibility to make sure they remember this twice-a-day oral task.
For younger elementary aged children, reminding them to brush and floss their teeth is important. Advising their brushing and flossing skills is also vital to ensure they’re getting the job done effectively. Otherwise, your child may have a higher risk of cavities and other oral-related problems in their near future.
Children won’t be able to develop or even remember to partake in an oral health routine unless they are thoroughly taught and advised. Dental-related songs and short episodes for children can be found for free on the Internet to show your children how to care for their teeth.
- Educate your children on the importance of healthy teeth and what could happen if they don’t brush their teeth twice a day.
Young children don’t always understand the importance of brushing their teeth or even how long to do it for. They also don’t think of the long-term effects like we do. Educating them on the effects of un-cared for teeth will help them to develop a strict oral hygiene routine over the course of time.
Of course, it will take time to get children used to properly brushing and caring for their teeth twice a day; however, teaching them and educating them while they’re young will make this adaptation much more easier for them now and when they’re an adult. Everyone deserves to know what happens to healthy teeth and what happens when teeth aren’t so healthy to ensure they can avoid such unwanted oral-related problems in the future.