Your child’s health is your main concern and oral hygiene is an integral part of their health. Your guidance can help them to maintain excellent oral health for their entire life.
At birth baby has all their teeth but they are hidden in the gums and bone. First tooth erupts at the age of 6 months but it is essential to take care of oral hygiene even before the teeth erupt. It is also important to take care of the gums and tongue before teeth erupts.
- Clean your baby’s gums with a moist soft cloth after every feed. This removes any debris and also stimulates blood circulation in the gums.
- After teeth begin to erupt, start brushing twice daily with a soft toothbrush and a tiny grain of fluoride toothpaste.
- Never allow your child to sleep with a bottle. Immediately remove the bottle after the feed is finished.
- Visit a dentist before first year or as soon as the first tooth erupts whichever is earlier.
As kids grow up, their oral hygiene habits should grow with them.
Kids have all their baby teeth by the age of 3. These are called primary teeth. Baby teeth start falling out around age 6; that’s when the permanent, or adult teeth start coming in. They make room for the permanent teeth. Most permanent teeth come in by age 13.
Here are some tips to help keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong starting at age 3:
- Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and make sure your child spits it out after brushing
- Foods containing sugar should be kept to a minimum and are best given at mealtimes.
- Be sure your child brushes for at least 2 minutes twice a day
- Start flossing as soon as teeth touch, or even earlier to help build good habits.
- Help your child brush and floss, and remind him or her to pay attention to the back teeth.
- Visit the dentist every 6 months.
As children grow older and more of their permanent teeth come in, a strict daily dental hygiene routine is crucial to keeping teeth and gums healthy.
Try these tips to keep your child on track:
- As preteens become more conscious of their appearance, it can be helpful to remind them that good oral care can help them look and feel better.
- Remind your child to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste for a full two minutes which not only fights cavities and strengthens teeth, but also gives older kids the confidence of having fresh breath.
- Flossing is extremely important at this point as most permanent teeth have erupted and cleaning between them will help prevent cavities and keep their mouth fresh.
- Encourage children who play sports to wear a mouth guard to protect their teeth from injuries.
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