How Can You Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy?
Children have milk teeth that erupt during infancy and start falling around the age of 6 years. New permanent teeth replace
the fallen teeth shortly. This falling of teeth continues till the age of 12 years. As parents, we need to take care of ouur children’s teeth as these milk teeth impact their way of life. These teeth help in their jaw development, determine their face structure, help the kids in chewing the food properly, help kids incorrect speech and pronunciation and maintain the optimum space for future teeth.
If you follow proper oral hygiene practices for your child, it’s not very difficult to keep their teeth healthy. You should incorporate the basic practice of maintaining the cleanliness of the oral cavity in the initial years of their life. You should follow these good practices:
You should teach them to brush regularly twice a day for approximately 2 minutes. It is the simplest way to remove plaque and bacteria and avoid dental caries. Brushing should be done in small circular motions at the back, front and top of every tooth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and ask your child not to brush very hard.
Using a fluoridated toothpaste
Using a fluoridated toothpaste helps prevent cavities and that is why it is commonly used in toothpaste and mouthwashes. Fluoride is found in an element called fluorine in the earth’s soil. Studies show that fluoride deficiency can lead to tooth decay
as it strengthens the enamel, the outermost layer of the teeth.
Flossing can remove bacteria and plaque present between the teeth where a toothbrush is not able to reach. It also prevents bad breath as it removes food and debris that gets trapped between the teeth.
Visiting a dentist regularly
People should visit a dentist for a check-up every six months. The dentist can also clean your teeth and remove plaque during a routine examination. A dentist is an oral health expert and can check for the visual signs of gum diseases, cavities, and other oral health issues.
Limiting sugary foods
Children are fond of candies, chocolates, and cakes. However, being a vigilant parent, try to limit these sugary foods and make sure that your child cleans his/ her mouth thoroughly after eating them.
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