5 Helpful Child Dental Care Tips
The most common problem in kids' teeth is tooth decay or cavities. The good news is it can be easily prevented by helping them understand the importance of practicing good oral hygiene. After all, everything starts with a sufficient dental education at home. It's not the easiest task in the world, trust me, but here are some tips I've learned that might help you, too, along the way.
1. Teach them how to properly brush their teeth.
Your child should brush at least twice a day, once in the morning and another in the evening preferably before he goes to bed. Start by buying a kiddie toothbrush with soft bristles.
Show him that a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is more than enough. Then demonstrate to move the toothbrush in gentle circles to clean the teeth and the gums. Then brush back and forth the top portion of the teeth. And don’t forget to brush the tongue.
2. Talk to them about sugar and its health effects.
Teach your kid as early as possible that eating too much sugary foods is not beneficial to the health of his mouth. That’s because sugar is a favorite food of bacteria that in turn cause tooth decay. These bacteria produce acids that weakens and destroys the teeth, causing cavities in the process.
Instruct him to snack less on unhealthy food like doughnuts and candies and instead choose fruits and sugar-free treats. The same thing goes with his drinks. Plain water is always the best choice and stay away from juices and fizzy drinks.
Again, not an easy task but this infographic will come in handy.
3. Encourage them to drink plenty of water.
Why? That’s because our tap water contains fluoride which is good for the teeth. In fact it is usually called nature’s cavity fighter. Years ago, there was a study made when scientists noticed that children living in areas with drinking water containing less to zero fluoride are suffering from dental cavities and tooth decay. They realized that by simply adding fluoride to the drinking water it greatly helped improve the dental health of these kids.
4. Take them to a pediatric dentist regularly.
Having regular dental check ups is a major component of a great dental hygiene. Preferably, take your child to the dentist every six months regardless if there is a dental problem or not. This way any potential dental or oral disease can be quickly diagnosed and treated properly by the doctor.
5. Be a good role model.
Practice what you preach. What good are all your dental tips and advice to your kid if they himself sees that you are not following them yourself. Whenever possible, join your child when it is time to brush his teeth. Brush your own teeth with him so he can have someone to imitate. What good are all your dental tips and advice if they see that you are not following them yourself.
The sooner you teach your kids about dental care, the better chance they have for long-lasting good oral health. Get them to start strong with good habits! It's not an easy job but encouraging them to do even the simplest activities like brushing their teeth and drinking plenty of water sure can make a huge impact in their lives.