Must-Know Oral Hygiene Tips and Instructions for Your Kids
Dental health is just as important for kids as it is for adults. In fact, children’s oral health should be taken as seriously as their overall health. Healthy smiles start with proper dental hygiene. The following information and oral hygiene instructions will help you keep your family’s smiles in the best shape possible.
Oral Disease Prevention
Kids are prone to tooth decay and more so than you may realize. Children are exposed to sugar at younger ages now than past generations. Sugar and other simple carbohydrates are the foods that cavity-causing bacteria live off of.
Even the gums are at risk for inflammation.
How can you improve your child’s oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay and gum disease?
- • Brush your baby’s teeth with a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste once the first primary tooth pops through
- • Brush your child’s teeth for him/her until they’re old enough to tie their own shoes
- • Schedule preventative dental treatments like fluoride application and dental sealants
- • Floss your child’s teeth once a day
- • Provide water instead of other beverages for sipping between meals
- • Swap sweets for healthier snacks like fresh fruits and vegetables and whole-grain carbohydrates
Oral Hygiene Help for Kids
Now that you know why it’s so important to care for your child’s smile, how can you get your kid to cooperate?
Start while they’re young.
The sooner you get your child to practice a tooth-healthy routine, the sooner they’ll get used to it. Even infants should have their mouths wiped out with a soft cloth after each feeding.
Make brushing time fun.
Turn an otherwise average chore into a lively activity. Encourage a little friendly competition among toddlers by seeing who can brush the fastest or the longest. Let little ones practice “brushing” your teeth so that they’ll then let you brush theirs.
Give your kids a say.
Children are more likely to cooperate when they have some say such as in selecting toothpaste flavors or which toothbrush they use.
Keep things simple.
Give kids simplified reasons that will motivate them to practice good oral hygiene. For example, tell them that brushing keeps the “tooth bugs” away and that fluoride is a “vitamin” that keeps their teeth strong.
When it comes to great oral hygiene, most children need an immediate incentive. Create a reward system with prizes for not missing a single brushing session in a week. Older children may need reminders of how good hygiene will improve their appearance and make their breath smell better.
Regular tooth brushing can be a very tiring chore with little ones. You may even be tempted to slack off on your own routine. Work hard to set a consistent example and to consistently encourage good oral hygiene for your kids. It will eventually pay off!
See a dentist.
You can get personalized advice and tips for your kids’ oral hygiene by visiting a family dentist on a regular basis.
To find a dentist in Ventura who can care for your entire family’s dental needs, contact Dr. David Satnick DMD.
Dr. David Satnick is a family freindly dentist. If you would like bring your child in for dental a check-up, Schedule an appointment or call 805.639.3050 for more information.