It's never too early for your child to develop good oral and dental care habits. The faster they learn, the healthier their teeth and gums are. You should memorize healthy children's habits right from the start. Here are 5 tips for developing healthy oral habits in children.
Follow a Dental Routine
Oral hygiene is crucial for children. Maybe you know that brushing your teeth twice a day is very important for your overall oral health. It is the best way to eliminate germs and food particles between your teeth. However, brushing alone is not quite effective. The use of dental floss helps to remove unwanted food particles stuck in the interstices.
It is more important for children because they eat many sugary snacks, such as sweets and desserts. If these particles are not removed, germs may accumulate in the mouth that cause tooth cavity, bad odor, and weak gums.
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Properly teach oral care techniques
Brushing and flossing are important to keeping teeth and gums healthy. However, if they are not done in the right way, it can actually be harmful. Children should be taught the correct way to brush their teeth and use dental floss so that these habits are well and properly taught.
Brushing in small, gentle circles, instead of vigorously moving the toothbrush back and forth, provides better cleaning and protects teeth from brushing. It also ensures that the gums will not bleed or become damaged. Flossing, as well as brushing, requires a lot of attention and care. Learning the right techniques will help your children maintain a good oral environment.
Use Kid-Friendly Products
An oral care routine can be quite boring for kids. To make things more interesting, you can give them products that are specifically designed to make cleaning more enjoyable. Flavored toothpaste and colorful toothbrushes in various shapes can attract your children and brush them every day.
Frequently replace toothbrushes
Toothbrushes are a breeding house for many different types of bacteria. To protect your children from these bacteria, toothbrushes need to be replaced every three months. Children are more susceptible to infection by these bacteria than adults. To keep away oral infections, change your toothbrushes at regular intervals.
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Regular Teeth Exams
Best person to judge your child's dental health. Check with your child's dentist regularly to make sure your child's oral health is in perfect condition. Children have many sweet treats. If you do not rinse your mouth well after each meal or brush your teeth twice a day, you may develop infections and gum-dips. These can only be detected by timely investigations. So instead of waiting for bleeding gums or pain in your child's mouth, you need to visit your dentist at least twice a year.
Dental and oral care does not have to be intimidating for your child. Make it easy and fun for them. Explain to them the need for proper and regular dental care and help them incorporate these habits into their daily lives.
Contributions by Dr. med. Karishma Jaradi, senior dentist and esthetic dentist at Dentzz Dental Care Centers. Read more articles about child health.
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