Back to school – you might have geared your child with all the latest sports equipment, school supplies and even a whole new wardrobe. With all these done, have you taken care of your child’s health? Most of the parents usually do not take full care of their child’s mouth. As important as it is, it is essential that the kids learn to take care of their mouth and teeth at early age as well.
For parents, here is how you need to make sure your children have healthy mouth and understand how they need to be maintained:
- Start using fluoride toothpaste from the beginning
As the baby gets his or her first tooth, parents need to use fluoridated toothpaste. A tiny size equal to the size of rice or grain should be applied in the beginning, ending it with size of the pea when the child reaches the age of three. This is because tooth decay is becoming epidemic these days. One out of four children in preschools have had cavity in their teeth. Such issues lead to lack of attention in school along with not learning, speaking, sleeping and or eating properly. Fluoride toothpaste is best in blocking cavities in the mouth.
- Visit the dentist often and early
As essential it is for adults, even kids need dental checkup at least 2 times in 1 year. The perfect time for the first dental visit for a child is by his or her first birthday. Usually, a dental checkup includes:
– Thorough oral exam
– Family dental history
– Guiding parents on the brushing habits
– Guiding parents on the prevent cavity
– Establishing the need of dental visitations
If one of the parents had a mouthful of cavity in their childhood, the child would be at a higher risk as well. Most of the health-insurance plans include pediatric dental care, so there is no need to worry about the costs of dental care.
- Use the right tools for cleaning
Through gum wipes and infant toothpaste, you can start brushing the mouth of the child before their teeth erupt. According to science and studies, before a child get their first teeth, cavity causing bacterial start emerging in the tongue’s folds. To delay or stop the bacteria getting in the mouth of your child, you need to avoid different saliva-sharing methods.
- Floss on daily basis – this not exceptional for kids either
A lot of parents think that flossing begins when the kids get permanent teeth. Flossing needs to start when the teeth start touching one another. No matter how thoroughly the teeth are being brushed, if they are touching each other, you need to get all the plaque and food out of them. The technique needs to be kept in mind as well. Disposable flossers for kids are a good option. However, you need to make sure that the flossing is done nicely between the teeth.
This is how you need to take full dental care of your children. Follow these tips and it will save you from a lot of trouble.