Kids can be hard work when it comes to brushing their teeth. Even for adults, it can sometimes feel like you just don’t have time to do a good job. It’s really important that everyone makes the time to look after their oral health, though. Poor hygiene here can lead to cavities and staining. Worse still, it can lead to other health problems in the body.
Your mouth is where a lot of germs and bacteria can be harbored. Without thorough brushing and flossing, food can start to rot in your gums. This smells really bad and can damage the gums and teeth. Even tiny tots can be prone to these problems which is why it is so important they take on a good brushing routine.
The best way for kids to get on board with brushing is to make it fun. There are several really good teeth brushing apps out there that help demonstrate the technique. Some of them even come with a song that lasts as long as a thorough brushing session. If you need any further advice about brushing techniques, your dentist will be delighted to help you out.
To help reduce food build up between the teeth, try to avoid foods that leave debris. Chewy red meats have fibers that can get stuck beneath the gum line. Try to rinse the mouth with a drink of water before and after eating so your saliva is ready to break the food down. However, some dentists suggest that brushing immediately after eating might cause more problems.
Reward charts and stickers for good brushing can be a good way to recognize your child’s efforts in a positive way. While you should always finish up the brushing to ensure it is complete, their efforts, however effective, should be rewarded. You can try a sticker for brushing and another one for a good spit at the end. It’s important the toothpaste is never swallowed.
When it comes to toddlers and preschoolers, it is difficult to help them understand oral hygiene. The concept of rotting teeth and sore gums may be tricky to convey. You can buy their favorite soft toy or dolly a little toothbrush. Then your child can help them do their morning things and bedtime things. This will include a thorough teeth brushing session that your child can do on dolly’s behalf.
Most dentists are excellent with very young patients. They make good use of the chair going up and down. A good dentist will also let the child have a look at the mirrors to see their own teeth in detail. A simple sticker at the end of a check-up can be a child’s pride and joy for a week! Try to make the visit a highlight of the day. It’s something to get excited about. That way, there will be no apprehension or fear, even if you feel it yourself.
Tooth decay is a huge problem for small children. Avoiding all sugary drinks and foods is key to avoiding it. Try not to give fruit juices in anything but an open cup to avoid prolonged contact with the teeth. Let the kids have fun with teeth brushing. You can always go in after for a thorough clean.