Healthy dental routines benefit your children throughout their lifetime. So how can you, as a parent, help inspire and nurture your children’s oral habits? Healthy teeth and gums are an important part of your child’s well-being and overall health. They need their teeth to help them chew properly, talk and smile, and to have a sense of self-confidence. On the other hand, having poor oral care can lead to infections, pain in the mouth, loss of teeth at an early age, or any other additional tooth or gum problems.
Setting the foundation of carrying out a good oral care routine while your children are still young is an important step to making sure your children are healthy for life. Here are our expert tips on how to get your children started with a proper oral care routine.
As a parent, you should help your child create a daily, oral cleaning routine every day while they are at home. And you should also be taking them to the dentist regularly to get professional dental checkups and cleanings.
Oral hygiene begins even before your baby has teeth. Babies are born with all their teeth in their mouths already, but you can’t see them since they are just under the gums. Babies will begin teething at around 4 to 6 months or even later than that, it will depend on your baby’s development. The important thing to remember is that you need to begin oral care for your infant before the first tooth even breaks through the gum’s surface. Healthy teeth come from gums that are also healthy.
You should begin by wiping your baby’s gums using a clean, soft washcloth or oral wipe after you are done feeding them. This can help remove any harmful bacteria that could be the cause of tooth decay. Natural or added sugars are eaten by bacteria and changed to bacteria. This acid will dissolve the enamel of the teeth which results in decay.
Once your baby’s teeth begin to emerge, you should brush them twice a day using low fluoride toothpaste. It’s recommended that you use no more than a drop of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. You should also use a soft-bristle toothbrush that is for children.
Make sure that you avoid having your child cling onto the bottle after they are done feeding so that you can avoid tooth decay. Something known as baby bottle tooth decay can occur when babies drink milk, formula, or diluted juice in bottles over a long period of time. You should train them to fall asleep without their bottle.
You should aim to schedule your child’s first dental appointment when their first baby tooth or teeth are visible or when they have their first birthday coming up.
Healthy baby teeth will help your child learn to eat and speak clearly. Baby teeth not only help with eating food but they are placeholders for the adult teeth when they come into their correct positions.