Kids and Teeth Brushing

Preventing teeth problems is a concern for each parent. Healthy teeth are essential to a child because it allow them to chew their food, which helps them grow, and allow them to talk clearly. In reality, brushing your child's teeth helps to prevent plaque, a clear film of bacteria that adheres to the teeth and causes holes, cavities, or even gingivitis, a gum disease that causes your child's gums to become red, swollen, and irritated! Furthermore, eating meals will be difficult for them, and the child will be less inclined to smile!

It is not always easy to keep your children's teeth clean, but establishing a habit early on might make things easier later on! In fact, you should begin caring for your baby's teeth as soon as he is born by carefully cleaning the gum with a soft moist towel or a piece of wet gauze to remove any milk residue. Once his first tooth emerges, then you can get your baby's first toothbrush.  You are responsible for keeping your children's teeth healthy until they reach six or seven years old, and this will be easier than you think if you develop proper brushing habits at a young age.

What can I do to encourage my child to wash his teeth?

  • Make it appear as if brushing your teeth is an enjoyable activity rather than a job.
  • Purchase a colorful and exciting toothbrush for the child.
  • Let your child practice his brushing technique on a doll 
  • Choose a toothpaste made specifically for children, as many toothpastes contain strong flavorings that might irritate your infant gum.
  • Make sure you're only using a tiny little bit of toothpaste.
  • Always check your child teeth after brushing and praise your child on the excellent brushing skills  

What is the secret to having a set of healthy teeth?

  • Brush your child's teeth at least twice a day, after breakfast and before bedtime, and after lunch and sweet snacks if possible.
  • Teach your child to brush all teeth, not just the front ones and to spend extra time on the rear teeth and the ones on the sides
  • Encourage your child to brush teeth for at least 2 or 3 minutes.
  • Make sure the toothbrush is appropriate for your child's age and has gentle bristles. It should be replaced every three months.
  • Take your child to the dentist twice a year to examine teeth growth, check on cleanliness and look for symptoms of cavities or gum disease.