Oral health or the dental health is very important for a healthy body and healthy lifestyle. The early years of life from birth to age five can be called the foundation of the dental health of a person. Children are born free of dental disease, yet by adulthood, 95% of the population has active gum disease, and most people have experienced some tooth decay and even tooth loss.
Our dental care clinic believes that disease can be prevented by adapting healthy oral habits and precautions. Our dental care centre aims to provide the best dental care available to secure your child's dental health. Healthy baby teeth are important for eating, smiling, talking and keeping a place for adult teeth. Healthy dental habits help avoid tooth decay and promote good general health.
Toothbrush with Soft Bristles Choose a Small Toothbrush with Soft Bristles
With so many toothbrushes available for children, it can be confusing trying to decide which one is the best to have healthy teeth. The toothbrush that you decide to use for your child should be small enough to fit comfortably into your child's mouth, and should also have soft bristles.
Use a Small Amount of Toothpaste
It's important not to use too much toothpaste. A pea size amount is fine because it doesn't create too much foam to interfere with brushing.
Best Position for Brushing
It is the easiest to stand behind or beside your child with your arms around their neck. Hold the toothbrush in a position that's comfortable for you.
Use a Timer
My children's pediatric dentists recommend brushing for 3 minutes. You can set a timer, or buy an inexpensive sand filled one. The one shown here is brightly colored and fun for my children to watch.
Brush the Back Teeth First
The first 2 minutes of brushing should be focused on the child's upper and lower back teeth, where cavities usually develop first. Use short and circular motions, like you would with your own teeth, spending the most time on the chewing surfaces.
Be sure to teach your child how to rinse, by swishing water around in his/her mouth and spit. Swallowing too much toothpaste could result in a condition known as Fluorosis which could cause white spots to form on the teeth.
Finish up Front
Finish the final minute of brushing by focusing on the upper and lower front teeth. Angle the toothbrush where it is comfortable and flexible. Remember to brush the sides facing the tongue, as well as the sides facing the lips.
You should start flossing your child's teeth when they touch each other. Back teeth will usually be the ones to touch each other first. You can use a piece of dental floss or a child's dental flosser. Kneel in front of or to the side of your child. Floss in between all of the touching teeth, starting in the back and working your way to the front. Be sure to floss gently underneath the gumline.
Admire Your Child's Teeth
Congratulate your child for doing such a great job and compliment them on their beautiful and shiny teeth! Praising your child could boost their self esteem, and possibly get them interested in oral health.
Good Eating Habits Promote Healthy Teeth
Eating healthy, nutritious food is good for teeth, gums and general health. This is especially important for your growing child.