Kids Dental Care: Seven Tips to Keep a Perfect Smile
Good hygiene starts with a good discipline that only you as a parent can teach your child. Dental care is one of your priorities when it comes to raising your kids. The earliest possible time that you can start the training, the better it would be. For me, finding the proper dental care that my little one will be comfortable with is the key.
Raising your child to be conscious with dental care means teaching the habit of correct hygiene, dentist visit, braces, and the like. Having perfect white, well-formed teeth and perfect white teeth boosts self-confidence and produces perfect smiles all the time. Do you know how to help your kids maintain their healthy teeth? That would be naturally easy!
7 Tips to Keep Your Child’s Perfect Smile
Making these tips a habit is a strong foundation for worry-free dental health for your child that they can teach to the next generation.
Make it a habit for the kids to brush their teeth.
Brushing their teeth is the essential oral care that a child should do daily at least twice a day. You should let your child start doing this as early as possible. Primary teeth help in keeping the jawline straight, prepares the space for adult teeth to grow, essential in aiding your kids to chew and of course, display the sweetest smile. Brushing prevents tooth decay, and in doing so, it avoids toothache and expensive extractions. Do you know that after removing a tooth, other teeth will start to move?
How to brush properly? Look at this video for guidance!
Train your kid proper oral hygiene early.
At what age do you need to start teaching your little ones to practice proper oral hygiene? The fact is, as soon as you see sparkling white teeth popping out from your child’s gums, it is time for the child to learn flossing and brushing. It should be around 2-3 years old. Food stuck in between the teeth gives the high possibility of bacteria to thrive.
Nevertheless, you need to let your dentist know whether your kid needs to start flossing before you implement.
Take note of their ages.
Training oral hygiene to your kids has a different approach according to stages of child development. The first two years is the foundation of your training. Introduce to your kid the process by cleaning their gums most comfortably. Remember that first experience matters.
At two to four years of age, you can introduce brushing. She can start doing it by herself. This stage is the start of training, and you must offer constant assistance. By the time she reaches seven years old, the routine should already kick in, and she would require less supervision. Later on, they will ultimately be responsible for cleaning their teeth, and the rest will come as a habit.
Set your rules!
You know well that what you eat and drink gives a significant impact on your health. The same concept goes to your teeth. You could establish some house rules about the consumption of sweets like candies, cakes, and sodas. You should implement strict brushing schedules as well.
The rules cover the groceries too. Making healthy meals and snacks are part of the deal. Lastly, encourage your child to drink plenty of water.
Make yourself a good example.
Usually, your kids learn most from what you do than what you tell them. Show your child a good example. Brushing together is one way of teaching your kid how to brush. Let your child watch you and follow it. While doing so, you could give instructions on how to do it.
What do you need to buy?
Brushes and toothpaste are, of course, a great concern about oral hygiene. Look for fluoridated toothpaste for your kids to help protect your kids from decay as their dentures are still developing. Find a toothpaste that your child fancy. Let her pick the kind that has the flavor and color that she loves best.
Brushes, on the other hand, is as vital as the toothpaste. Let her pick the brush as well. Varieties of designs are available in the market with choices of different colors and shapes. You can even choose between manual and battery operated not to mention excellent additional features that your child will be fond of.
Put in mind that the bristles should be soft enough not to damage the enamel and the brush is long enough to reach the spots that she needs to clean.
Always stick to the routine.
Brushing three times daily is already a household routine. If this is not yet established as a habit, let your child stick to the routine until she gets used to it. This holds right also to the regular visits to the dentist and drinking plenty of water after eating sweets. Packing a toothbrush and toothpaste each time we go outdoors is already a routine as well.
Remember that as a parent, we are a role model for our children. Showing your kids that you brush your teeth regularly is enough to let them know that they should do it too. I consider oral hygiene an activity that falls under family bonding. Brushing the teeth at the same time could be fun and memorable also.
When your children have healthy gums and teeth, it builds confidence to communicate with other people. Therefore, check out these tips to help your little one maintain a perfect smile!