5 Oral Hygiene Tips for Kids’ Young Teeth

Teaching your children proper oral hygiene will help them keep their teeth healthy for life. Most habits that stick with us form during childhood, including how to care for our teeth.

Why is oral hygiene important for children?

Most people want a nice smile and white teeth. Proper brushing and flossing can help with this. More importantly, hygiene is essential to have healthy teeth, jaws and gums.

The primary teeth, or baby teeth, help children to talk, smile and eat. They also act as placeholders for the permanent teeth. This means that if they fall out too early, the lost tooth can cause the remaining teeth to shift into undesirable positions. This causes the permanent teeth to come out crooked.

Oral hygiene tips for children's teeth

Here are some oral hygiene tips that you can share with your children:

1. Feed them healthy food

Oral bacteria feed on sugars and refined carbohydrates to produce acids that attack the tooth enamel. The enamel is what stops harmful bacteria from infecting the teeth. Once bacteria gain access to the inner tooth, the bacteria can cause decay.

Indulge your child’s sweet tooth with healthy snacks or juices that come from actual fruit. At mealtimes, swap out refined carbs with complex ones and add other food groups to complete the meal.

2. Brush twice a day

Cleaning the teeth and mouth is the most important and basic part of oral hygiene. Depending on the child’s age, here is how to clean their mouth.

A child that has no teeth still needs their mouth cleaned regularly. After a meal, the parent should clean their baby’s mouth by gently wiping the gums with a wet washcloth. They should continue to clean the gums this way until most of the teeth erupt.

When the first teeth erupt, a parent should start brushing them with a pea-sized amount of fluoride-free toothpaste and a children’s toothbrush. They should continue to wipe down the remaining gums until the rest of the teeth erupt.

Once the child turns 2, let them start brushing their teeth. Supervise them and participate to set an example.

Teach your child to brush in the morning and at night as well as after lunch when possible.

3. Floss at least once a day

Once all their teeth come in, your child can start to floss. Make flossing a fun event to keep the kid interested. Use stories and songs or make a game out of it.

4. Replace toothbrushes often

A toothbrush should be replaced every three months or when the bristles get frayed, whichever comes first. Get your child excited about a new toothbrush and let them choose their favorite rush. Be sure to use a soft toothbrush.

5. Get routine checkups

A child should see a dentist by the time they turn 1 year old. They should continue going for routine checkups every six months after that. These routine dental visits will teach the child not to be afraid of dentists. They also give the dentist a chance to monitor the growth of the child’s teeth and jaws. This will help catch problems in their early stages.

Does your child need to see a dentist?

With a proper oral hygiene routine, your child’s teeth should stay clean and healthy. That said, you still need a dentist to ensure their teeth grow properly and to identify other concerns.

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