Kids: What You Need to Know about Their Dental Care
Posted on: Friday, February 17th, 2017
As an adult, you know that taking care of your teeth should be a top priority, but knowing exactly how to provide your children with proper dental care can be a little less intuitive. When should they start brushing? What about flossing? Which type of toothpaste is best? There is so much to know about your kids’ dental care, so this guide will give you a start in the right direction.
Oral Care Starts Before Teeth Are Showing
Believe it or not, teeth form long before they start to show and are actually fully developed in your baby’s jaw at birth. This means that you should focus on caring for your infant’s gums for the first six months by using a clean, warm washcloth to wipe bacteria off the gums a few times a day. Once those first little teeth begin to show, use a soft infant toothbrush and water twice a day to brush out any lingering bacteria. By the time your child turns two, teach her how to spit after brushing so she doesn’t swallow all of the loosened pieces of plaque. Ask your holistic dentist when to introduce fluoride free toothpaste; for most children, between 2 and 3 years of age is best.
Make the Dentist Your Friend
Help your child learn early on that the dentist is not a figure to be feared, but a helpful and gentle professional who will keep her teeth healthy. Schedule that first dental visit around your baby’s first birthday and continue every six months. This early treatment will help your holistic dentist become more familiar with your child’s oral health and recognize any potential problems early enough to treat them efficiently.
Practice the Right Technique
We have all seen children (and adults!) who vigorously brush their teeth back and forth for ten seconds and think they are done. This is not a constructive method of brushing, and can actually lead to more damage than good. It’s very important to help your child learn the proper brushing technique in order to protect their gums and target the most bacteria possible. The brush bristles should be slightly tilted toward the gums as the brush moves in tiny circles to touch every surface of the teeth. While brushing for two minutes is ideal, this simply isn’t realistic for many young children, so just try to stretch the brushing process as long as possible.
Flossing is possibly the most underrated and neglected element of oral hygiene, but it happens to be one of the most important. As an adult, you need to adopt flossing into your daily routine to set a good example for your child, because their own teeth need to be flossed as soon as they start touching each other. It’s so important to establish flossing as a concrete part of the morning and evening routine because plaque and food become trapped between the teeth where the toothbrush cannot access. Since strings of floss can be challenging for little ones, try disposable flossers that come in many different colors and will help make flossing fun for your child.
There’s no doubt that you want to keep your child as happy and healthy as possible, and establishing strong dental habits is one simple and undeniable way to make that happen!