How many of you dread the morning and night ritual of getting your kids to brush their teeth? Often, it is a matter of emotional blackmail or scaring them with dire consequences or bribing them with their favourite things to get them do it! But brushing is a must for all children – and adults too! Dr Rachita Domale, the Co-founder of The Smile Studio, offers an insight into the important aspects of children’s dental hygiene and how to ensure it remains a priority.
Maintain Dental Hygiene In Toddlers Or Those Younger
Maintaining dental hygiene in toddlers is as important as maintaining dental hygiene in adults. Milk teeth are more prone to cavities that tend to spread more rapidly than permanent teeth, hence putting the kids on a daily oral hygiene routine from the beginning is very essential.
Habits That Seem Harmless But Are Very Harmful To Dental Health, In Children
The most harmful habit to dental health that actually seems harmless is putting a baby to sleep with a bottle of milk. This causes the milk and sugar to remain on the tooth surface for a long period causing decay referred to as ‘Nursing bottle caries’. Try weaning the babies off the bottle at the earliest.
How To Make Brushing More Fun For Children
Having the child brush twice a day sounds like a task! Try making it a fun activity for them, brush in front of them try singing or dancing while doing so it will definitely attract the kids to follow suit. This works very well for the younger babies but the older ones get a little smarter with age and this doesn’t seem to work so a reward system or positive reinforcement could work.
Following the right technique with a soft-bristle toothbrush and flossing with a floss stick twice daily is the best dental routine for children. Age-specific fluoridated toothpastes available in the market can be used for children over a year old. For the babies under a year a wet toothbrush is sufficient to clean the teeth.
Milk Teeth Vs Permanent Teeth
Many parents think that taking care of milk teeth is not as important as taking care of permanent teeth. It is completely a wrong notion. Some milk teeth stay on for as long as 13 years, an unattended cavity at the age of three, for instance, can get really bad over time. Similarly if a child is eight, it’s the mixed dentition phase wherein a cavity from the milk tooth could rapidly spread to a permanent one.
How To Avoid Braces
Milk teeth are more of placeholders that help the child during the early years of development. If any of these teeth are lost early, the permanent ones might grow wrong. Problems like crooked teeth, overbites, crowding, and other oral health concerns can be a result. The key remains in taking care of the health of the milk teeth is the right way, so they fall off only when the age is appropriate, and the permanent ones grow properly.
First Signs Of Poor Dental Hygiene
Not eating properly, getting cranky while eating, food getting struck between teeth, a small black hole on the surface or a swelling or pimple in the gums beside a tooth could be a warning to visit your dentist.
Visiting A Dentist
A visit to the dentist with your child should be preferably fixed with your scheduled visit. Seeing the parent or an older sibling at ease on the dental chair makes a dental visit more pleasant for the child and removes the anxiety.
Ensure Good Dental Hygiene In Children
- Encourage brushing twice daily at a young age.
- Flossing for kids is recommended.
- Follow a healthy diet.
- Visit the dentist regularly.
- Don’t forget to start early, baby teeth are definitely as important as permanent ones.