Sunday, 6 May 2012

Good Dental Hygiene Tips for Children

Teach Children Good Dental Hygiene
Parents often have a tough time deciding how best they can encourage kids to maintain good dental hygiene.It is vitally important that parents assist children in understanding the importance of their teeth and gums health.Parents sometimes find it hard to judge when they should schedule their child's first trip to the dentist.We all know about plaque and cavities but don't know what is the best way to prevent it.A routine teeth-cleaning habit from an early age will help them develop a good dental hygiene.

When to Start?
For New born and  Infants-
  • A child has only 20 primary teeth at birth but we cannot see them.Dental care should start even before the child's first tooth appears.Wipe your baby's gums with a soft and sterile cloth at least twice a day after feeding.This will prevent the build up of bacteria.
  • At 6 months,you would notice teeth break the gum.Use a soft-bristled brush to clean your child's teeth.Brush with little water twice a day
  • You may consider visiting your dentist when the child's first tooth appears.Schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist as he/she has additional training in addressing kid's dental health needs.
Important Tip
  1. Do no let your child sleep with a bottle filled with milk or any other sweetened liquid.Instead, you can fill the baby bottle with water. 
  2. Do not coat your child's pacifier with honey or any sweet and sugary substance.

For Toddlers and preschoolers-
  • Children can be taught to brush their own teeth.A child size toothbrush and a pea-sized toothpaste should be used.Children can start using fluoride toothpaste.Your supervision is a must as children tend to swallow most of the tooth paste.The excess of toothpaste should be spit and rinsed with water.Too mush fluorine can cause permanent stain on your child's teeth.
  • Visiting the dentist after the child's first birthday is also a good time to learn about new preventive techniques in dental research.
Important Tip
  1. If your child is experiencing pain during teething,let him chew a clean and cold wet cloth or a cold spoon
  2. Children must brush immediately having medicines as the sugar in some medicines can damage teeth enamel.
For Big Kids -
  • When permanent teeth start appearing parents should be even more vigilant.The routine can be a little unpleasant for both of you but you must explain why brushing twice a day and flossing will help them keep a healthy mouth.
  • Follow-ups with the dentist can help you identify early dental problems and it will also familiarize the child with the dental procedures.
Important Tip-
  1. Encourage children to eat nutritious diet rich in vegetables and fruits.
  2. Children must drink plenty of water and restrict drinking sweetened drinks.
  3. Avoid having food that has high sugar content.
  4. Flossing at least once a day is a must. 
How to Brush your Child's Teeth
  • Follow a routine,it means brushing your child's teeth at the same time everyday.
  • Thoroughly brush the child's teeth and follow the same brushing pattern.
  • Allow your child to spit excess toothpaste by taking small breaks.
  • Choose a clean and safe place to brush to avoid any injury to your child's mouth.

Prevent Dental Injury in Children
  • Always use car seats and belts that are approved and safe for infants.
  • When your child is learning to walk be extra cautious and child proof your home.
  • Encourage your child to wear a mouth guard while playing sports such as hockey,soccer and baseball.Mouth guards protect teeth from severe injury.
 Important Dental Vocabulary children should know
  1. Decay(Cavities)-Tooth structure destroyed by bacteria .
  2. Enamel-A hard material that protects the outer portion of the teeth.
  3. Bacteria - Germs or tooth bugs.
  4. Flossing-A thread like material used to clean contact areas between teeth.
  5. Fluoride-A mineral that strengthens teeth enamel and prevents decay.
  6. Filling-A metal or porcelain material  used to restore lost tooth structure.
  7. Dentin-Inner layer of tooth structure.
  8. Dentist-A person who is trained to diagnose and treat overall oral health acre needs.
  9. Jawbone-A hard bone structure that anchors the teeth and supports the face.
  10. Molars-Three back teeth used for grinding food.
  11.  Plaque-A sticky colorless film which usually  is undigested food particles mixed with saliva and bacteria forming a constant layer on teeth.
  12. Sealant-A thin and clear substance which is applied to the biting surface of teeth to prevent decay.
  A great smile comes from routine teeth cleaning habits and proper diet.Work with your children and practice these simple yet effective activities and make it a habit for them.Keep your children healthy and smiling!
     
     


76 comments:

  1. ches 32Poor oral hygiene practices developed during early childhood are hard to correct. Hence, parents should devote their time to teaching their children how to properly clean their teeth. Brushing your teeth with your child also helps. You will be able to show your child how you brush your own teeth and give him/her the impression that brushing is a thing that all people, both children and adults, normally do.

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    1. Hi,
      Yes,I completely agree with you,good dental hygiene starts from an early age and parents are the child's first teacher.Brushing teeth with your child everyday will make them fall into a routine and will also help them understand the importance of healthy teeth.
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  2. Great thing to educate the children on the right way of dental hygiene.

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  3. Falling from playground equipment, tripping with the teeth coming into contact with the floor, and getting hit in the mouth by an object, are the usual events that cause dental injuries on children. Such incidents may result in inflammation of the gums or a broken tooth. If it is a serious case, it is better to have a standard check up with the dentist, because if these injuries are left untreated, it might end up with tooth loss or enduring tooth damage.

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    1. Yes you are right.Dental injuries in children should be treated immediately.
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  4. Hey!Thanks for the tips! I am not meticulous in the dental hygiene of my kids until I've read your post and sent my child to a good child care .

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  5. Yes, it is important that you wear a mouth guard when participating in sports like soccer. Using a mouth guard can prevent damage to braces and also prevent tooth damage, mouth cuts, and jaw injuries. Likewise, this will also work for you if you grind your teeth at night.

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  6. “Flossing at least once a day is a must.”- True! Brushing alone is not enough to achieve good oral health. Flossing is important because it removes the food debris stuck in between your teeth that a brush can’t reach. These substances are usually the ones that cause tooth decay and other gum diseases. So, make sure that you include flossing in your kid’s daily oral hygiene.

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  7. Another tip is to not let your children brush their teeth too often within a day. Twice is fairly recommended, since too much fluoride can cause white stains to appear on their teeth. Though it doesn’t really affect the dental health of your kids, it can negatively affect the teeth’s appearance.

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  8. To help your child enjoy the routine of oral hygiene, it will be best if you will accompany them while brushing their teeth. While you are brushing your teeth, you can make a dance move at the same time, or you can hum together in the tune of your child’s favorite song. Accompanying your child in his/her daily hygienic routine is important because your child is thinking that their parent is also giving importance to their own oral health. As parents, you must set a good example.

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  10. Dental care tips for all age group kids are given very nicely. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  11. Eating the candy may not be an issue if they have good home care brushing and flossing habits. But because most children do not have these good habits at an early age, you must reduce the amount of sugar they consume in their daily diet.

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