Good oral hygiene is important for both children and adults. Here are five tips to help your children develop good oral hygiene habits.
As soon as your child’s first tooth comes in, it’s time to start brushing! It’s important to make this a daily habit. Teeth should be brushed at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Choose a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles that are designed for babies and toddlers. Till the child is able to brush their teeth on their own, you should brush their teeth yourself. Also, ask their dentist about fluoride varnishes or sealants to protect teeth from cavities.
You should also limit sugar intake and avoid using bottles in your baby’s crib or bed to prevent tooth decay. Pacifiers can cause crooked teeth and speech impediments if they continually get used past the age of 3, so consider stopping their use before this time as well.
In addition to at-home care, it is important to take your child to their dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. The dentist will be able to spot early signs of gum disease and other oral health issues that may require additional treatment. While prevention is ideal when it comes to keeping teeth and gums healthy, accidents are likely to occur, so it is important that patients know how to manage their problems when they arise.
When kids are having fun doing something, odds are they will continue to do it. When it comes to oral health and hygiene, it can be a good idea to make it fun so kids remain interested. Here are some ideas for doing this:
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