Keeping Childrens Teeth Healthy

Brian

Keeping Little Teeth Healthy

Your children’s teeth are important to look after. They might get two sets, but it doesn’t mean that the first set isn’t just as important as the second. They need to have clean and strong teeth so they can avoid cavities and create good habits for the future. In the beginning, it’s your job to ensure their teeth and clean and healthy. But they need to learn slowly how to take responsibility for themselves. So you also need to teach them how to do that. Make sure both their first and second set of teeth are perfect by following these tips.

Start Brushing ASAP

As soon as your little one starts to get their first teeth, you need to look after them. Brushing their first tiny teeth will get you into good habits. You might be a bit unsure about what to do at first. But don’t worry, you’re not going to hurt them by gently brushing their teeth. Use a soft baby toothbrush with a tiny bit of toothpaste. Your baby might not be keen at first, but it’s more important to get them used to it than to give them a good brush in the beginning. Try to brush at least twice a day.

Hand Them Responsibility

Eventually, it will be time for your little one to start brushing their own teeth. Set a good example by letting them see you clean your own. Each child will be able to brush their teeth at a different age, depending on how good they are at other self-care tasks. Usually, they don’t have the motor skills to do it well until they’re around six or seven years old. You can use tying their shoes as a guide – if they can do it, they can brush their teeth. But you’ll probably still need to nag them to do it and check they’ve done it well!

Use the Right Oral Hygiene Products

Make sure you use the right items to brush your child’s teeth. You’ll need a soft child’s toothbrush that’s small enough to fit in their mouth. The bristles don’t need to be hard, as they can be too harsh and rub at the tooth enamel. It’s safe to use a fluoride toothpaste, but you need to use the right amount. Babies and toddlers only need a tiny bit, while you can give three to six-year-olds a pea-size amount. Keep a good stock of supplies from BF Mulholland or another dental supplier so you always have a clean toothbrush and toothpaste.

Regular Dentist Appointments

Visits to the dentist are essential to keep your child’s teeth healthy too. Some experts say that you should take them within six months of their first tooth appearing, or by their first birthday. Before you take them for their own appointment, it can be a good idea to take them with you for yours. This can help them get used to the environment before they have to go for real.

Remember that what your child eats and drinks matters too. Make sure they get a healthy diet to keep their teeth strong.

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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