Oral Hygiene Tips for Kids
Parents with good oral hygiene can prevent tooth decay in their kids.To begin with, a parent is a child’s first and most important teacher. A mother and a father play a vital role in maintaining their little ones ‘overall health. It is essential to inform them about the importance of oral hygiene from a very early age. Teaching kids about preventing tooth decay from early childhood will make sure their teeth remain strong and healthy as they grow older.
Parents face all kinds of challenges when it comes to raising their kids. They often overlook that there’s fine line between oral health and general health. As a matter of fact, oral hygiene is one of the most common chronic diseases in the US. Parents should pay more attention to it if they want their kids to have beautiful teeth in the future.
Children first get their primary teeth around the age of six months, and then begin to gain permanent teeth between the ages of six and twelve. It can be tempting to think of the primary teeth as less important, but there’s a huge link between getting cavities in your baby teeth and then getting them in your permanent teeth too. This means it’s important to start caring about your children’s teeth as soon as they start appearing – and not just when they start losing baby teeth.
An important part of helping children have healthy teeth is to encourage a healthy routine. If you yourself have good oral hygiene, this means you will have a good routine – brushing your teeth at set times each day, often for a set amount of time. It can therefore help children to imitate you, rather than just being told to do something but not understanding why. They may not be older to comprehend details but knowing it’s something important a parent does and seeing that parent do it can be a good way of reinforcing that.
Another factor that plays into good oral hygiene and health is diet. Once again, if as a parent you are generally good to your teeth – either by not eating incredibly sugary foods, or by eating them at appropriate times (such as after meals) and then cleaning and flossing regularly – it will be far easier to introduce the habits to your child.
However, this is not the only way a parent’s oral health with impact their children! Did you know that for pregnant women, having poor oral hygiene and periodontal disease is actually a risk? It can lead to pre-term labor, as well as future health issues that include but are not limited to tooth cavities. So whilst there is much of this that can be encouraged without you necessarily having the best oral hygiene, it is worth investing the effort into improving yours because these direct links are much harder to avoid.
If you have concerns that you may have poor oral hygiene yourself, then it is well worth going to a dentist. But, as well as checking your own teeth out, it’s worth asking them for help with your children. This can be done even before they’re born, and in fact, may be worthwhile. Being taught appropriate methods before it becomes an issue is a great way to prevent any possible risks and problems that you might otherwise have ignored.
What are some key things that you should be aware of regarding your child’s oral health and hygiene?
Firstly, there’s no need to use nearly as much toothpaste as adverts may show! A pea-size amount is more than enough. Secondly, it’s important to note that up to the age of around six, you should be brushing or at least, helping, to brush their teeth. You should then be supervising them up until about the age of twelve if possible. This can be tricky to enforce but it’s worth at least trying.
Another key aspect is making sure to replace the toothbrush they use regularly. The more you worn it gets the less use it is. You should replace your toothbrush every six months. You also should be aware that hard brushing is not always the best way to brush. Sometimes a softer brush can be more efficient, as it won’t cause pain in the gums and children will be more likely to brush thoroughly.
Finally, making sure you understand how to effectively brush your teeth is great for both your own health and theirs. Instead of the forward-backward or up-down motion that people often think of, you want to instead by doing it in angled, circular motions, making sure to get right up to the gum. If you’re not sure about this, a dentist will happily show you how to do it. Circular sweeps catch more of the problem, plus are less likely to injure the gums – keeping your smile happy and healthy.