Good oral hygiene for children

Good oral hygiene should start at the very beginning of a child’s life. Even before his or her first teeth emerge, certain factors can affect their future appearance and health. There are a number of ways to keep your kids teeth and gums healthy.

Fluoride

Fluoride is beneficial for babies even before their teeth erupt. It makes the tooth enamel stronger as the teeth are developing. In most municipal water supplies, the correct amount of fluoride is added for proper tooth development. Fluoride supplements are available if the municipal water supply does not have it, parents can also use a fluoridated toothpaste.

Brushing

Once a baby has four teeth in a row, either on top or on the bottom, parents should begin using a toothbrush two times a day. The best toothbrush for babies are made of soft polished nylon and a pea sized a mount of fluoridated toothpaste. Babies tend to swallow the toothpaste so parents should take some caution. If the baby does not like the taste of the toothpaste, water can be used. This practice should be taught to children as they get older until they can do it by themselves.

Flossing

Flossing gets to the areas that the toothbrush cannot reach. Parents do not need to initiate flossing until the child has teeth that touch each other, which normally occurs in the molar areas first. Parents should continue to floss their child’s teeth until they are six or seven years old. They should continue to monitor the child’s techniques and consistency thereafter.

Proper diet

Proper diet that consists of food that do not promote cavities such as low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese fresh fruits and vegetables for vitamins A and C, and for chewing in order to promote healthy gums and tea, which is a good source of fluoride.

Parents should also avoid giving their kids Sweet drinks, snacks and acidic drinks for prolonged periods.

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