A child’s attitude towards oral health sets a foundation for their health as adults. The best way to ensure your child’s good oral health is to improve their oral hygiene and nutrition actively. So, without further adieu, here are our top 5 tips to help your kids have healthy gums and teeth.
Inculcate proper brushing habits
Kids tend to copy adults around them, so if you want to ensure your child brushes properly, you must show them how and do it with them. Start by getting them a funky toothbrush and allow them to choose the design. You would want a soft nylon bristled pediatric toothbrush for your kids until the age of 12, after which they can shift to an adult toothbrush. Tell them to use circular motions to clean their upper and lower teeth and show them how. Make sure they clean all the surfaces of the teeth. Pay special attention to the back teeth as these are tough to reach and usually are a haven for disease-causing bacteria. It is essential to brush twice a day, once when they wake up and once before they go to bed. Make it a family activity as this tends to be more fun for them, and you can even reward them for a job well done later. However, ensure the reward is not in the form of candy or chocolate.
FLOSS! FLOSS! FLOSS!
Kids until the age of 7 may not have enough dexterity to floss correctly by themselves. In such situations, make sure you are flossing your child’s teeth. In the meantime, show them how and do it with them. Once they are done, you can inspect and do the remaining part. Flossing will ensure all the debris is gone and they have healthy and plaque-free gums.
Rinsing after meals is essential as it removes any remaining food debris and flushes out the mouth, thus decreasing the chances of plaque accumulation.
A balanced diet rich in protein, carbs, fats, vitamins, and minerals is key to proper growth and contributes to healthier teeth and gums.
Regular dental check-ups
Make sure you are taking your little one for a dental check-up and teeth cleaning once every 6 months, even if they have no complaints. Regular cleaning removes accumulated plaque and tartar and prevents dental cavities and gum diseases.
If you have any more questions or wish to schedule a dental appointment for your child, please reach out to us at Southern Delaware Dental Specialists. Our excellent dental professionals are here to assist you and your family with a glistening and healthy smile.