Kids and Teeth Brushing

It is very important for children to have healthy teeth, for they help them to chew the food, which makes them grow, and also let them speak clearly. In fact, taking care of your child’s teeth helps to prevent plaque, which is a clear film of bacteria that sticks to the teeth, causing holes, cavities, and even gingivitis which is a gum disease that can make your child’s gums red, swollen, and sore! All these dental problems will cause to your child pain! In addition to this, eating his meals will be difficult and he definitely won’t feel like smiling so much! “How to prevent all this?” is a question asked by every mother!

Keeping your child’s teeth clean may not always be easy, but getting a routine established early in life can make things easier later on! In fact, you should start taking care of your baby’s teeth starting from his birth by gently cleaning his mouth using a soft damp washcloth or a piece of damp gauze to remove any milk residue from his gums. Afterwards, as soon as your baby’s first tooth erupts, you can buy him his first toothbrush. Until your child reaches five to six years of age you are responsible for making sure that their teeth are clean and this will be easier than you think if you establish good brushing habits since a very early age.

How to encourage my child to brush his teeth?
-          Make it seem as if brushing teeth is a fun thing to do rather than a chore.
-          Get your child a fun and colorful toothbrush.
-          Allow your child to brush your teeth or the teeth of his favorite doll before you brush his.
-          Choose toothpaste that’s made just for kids, for many types of toothpaste contain strong flavorings that can sting young mouths.
-           Make sure that you are using a small amount of toothpaste.
-          Always praise your child for his awesome brushing.

What is the secret of healthy teeth?
Teach your child to take charge of his teeth by following these steps:
-          Let him brush at least twice a day, after breakfast and before bedtime, and if possible after lunch and sweet snacks.
-          Teach him to brush all teeth, not just the front ones, spending some time on the teeth along the sides and in the back.
-          Make him spend at least 2 or 3 minutes each time he brushes his teeth.
-          Be sure that the toothbrush suits your child age and has soft bristles. Change it every 3 months.
-          Take your child to the dentist twice a year, because besides checking for signs of cavities or gum disease, he will check the growth of your child teeth, how to keep them clean and the best way to brush!