How many times a day to should I brush my child’s teeth? Is my 3-year old vulnerable to gum disease? When should I start my kid on flossing?
Many parents do not realize the fact that infants, even though they have few teeth, if any, can develop tooth decay and gum disease if not taken care of. As soon as they first appear, your child’s teeth are at risk for decay and other dental conditions. So it’s of great concern for the parents to get started with their child’s daily dental care and hygiene early.
Here are a few tips and steps to give your kids a great start to their oral health and dental care.
- Start with a cleaning routine soon after their birth and even before your kid starts teething. Wipe the gums and teeth, if any, with a clean and moist washcloth or gauze pad to clear away decay and cavity-causing bacteria.
- Begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they appear, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and infant toothbrush. Supervise your kids’ brushing to get them using the right technique and ensure the proper use of toothpaste.
- You can begin flossing when you notice two of the teeth touching each other. Ask your paediatric dentist to guide on proper techniques and schedules.
First Dental Visit
- You can get your child to see the dentist for the first time within a year of birth or say within six months after the very first tooth appears.
- Although the first visit would be mostly about the dentist and check-up, make sure your child is relaxed and comfortable. This would avoid any chances of developing dental fears or threat.
- Discuss dental care and hygiene practices and ask how often you child should be visiting.
Diet for a Beautiful Smile
- Your kids’ eating patterns and food choices may affect tooth growth and development.
- Add a variety of nutritious foods in their diet including milk and cheese (sources of calcium), raw vegetables, plain yogurt and fruits.
- Indulge them in good eating patterns and habits that promote a balanced diet and healthy dental practices.
Besides, infants and young kids can easily develop decay if they don’t follow a good diet and adopt healthy habits. With the help of your dentist, you can set a specific schedule for feeding, eating and snack times as well as plan for routine practices like brushing and flossing in order to maintain a good oral health.
Moreover, while you’re taking good care of your child’s dental health, dental emergencies can still happen and may require immediate help.