Oral hygiene begins before the first tooth comes out
One of the most common mistakes is to think that we should start worrying about the dental health of our children once they have teeth. We forget that dairy feed with which stick to the tongue can produce mushrooms so experts recommend cleaning the gums and tongue with a damp cotton baby every two or three days .
In this way we will also get them from the first months of life become accustomed to being able to put their fingers in their mouths so that subsequent visits to the dentist will not be an odyssey.
Milk teeth have their importance
There is a belief that the problems that occur with milk teeth disappear when they are replaced by the definitive pieces. Error. If your child has a temporary tooth decay, the risk of the permanent tooth becoming infected increases considerably.
So, to avoid later problems, we must start cleaning our children’s teeth as soon as the first baby’s teeth come out. We must use a brush with small head of soft bristles. From 3 years, children can start brushing themselves but always with adult supervision.
Teach them a correct brushing technique.
When the children begin to take care of the brushing themselves, we must make sure that they do it correctly and without leaving any part. To do nothing better than to teach them to do so with a methodical technique that can easily remember. Brush top – down and bottom – up, including the gums to avoid the appearance of plaque between the gum and tooth, brushing the teeth and the inner surface of the teeth and, very important, flossing to remove debris that remain between the teeth . Lastly, the tongue must also be cleaned.
Teach children how to brush their teeth
It is not that organize a sleepover every time you want your child brush his teeth but, as recommended in Corner Small Smiles of PHB, use humor and play will make them gradually and without Realize, go assimilating the routine.
Avoid consumption of sweets
The less sweet they consume, the less risk of tooth decay will have. As we know that eradicating the sweet from your diet is little more than an impossible mission, let us at least try to reduce it as much as possible.
Dad and Mom, preach by example
We already know that children imitate the behavior of the elderly. That is why sharing the time of brushing with our children, especially at night, is very important for them to get the habit.
Performs periodic home inspections to check for cavities or tartar
With some periodicity we should check the mouths of our children to check that they have no tartar, phlegm or possible cavities. In this way we will also check if the primary dental eruption is developing without problems.
Renews your toothbrush every 4 months
Experts recommend renewing the toothbrush every 3 or 4 months. Another important aspect, and that we usually escape, is that it is advisable to change brushes if the child has overcome some illness (flu, cold, etc.)
Teaching correct oral hygiene is a matter of patience
Do not pretend that your children learn to brush their teeth being so small. What is involved here is that they acquire the custom and that, little by little, they will take skill in the matter. You will have to do the activity with them, monitor it and constantly remind them how to do it.
Visit the dentist periodically
If you follow the steps that we recommend in the article is very likely that visits to dentists will be reduced but, and eye because this is very important, to prevent possible dental problems and maintain proper oral hygiene is vital that regularly acids to dentist for reviews. Do not worry, steps 1 and 4 will have already accustomed the child to have their teeth checked. The consultation does not have to be a crying recital while Wagner sounds.