Children and toddlers often refuse to brush their teeth. As a part of growing up, they need to be educated on the importance of keeping their teeth clean and healthy.
Reasons why clean and healthy teeth are important
Good dental care will prevent plaque from forming and stay clear of bacteria. There are many bacteria that lingers inside the mouth and clings onto teeth. After each meal, it is best to educate children to cleanse their teeth.
Bacteria tends to grow stronger and break down tooth enamel and cause cavities. Plaque can also cause gum diseases such as gingivitis, which causes gums to swell up , turn red and sore. Not caring for children’s teeth at an early age will cause severe dental problems and will even require dental crowns or dental implants in Dubai, at a later stage in their lives.
Often make sure they brush with a good oral toothpaste. There are plenty in the market to choose from. There has been a debate about using fluoride toothpaste on children, so if you have concerns speak to your dentist in Dubai, regarding the use of fluoride.
When brushing their teeth, you do not have to use a lot of toothpaste. Simply squeeze a pea size amount and ensure the child does not swallow the paste. Brush and rinse – just like how we were taught.
How can you keep your kid’s teeth healthy?
Get them to brush at least twice a day. Early morning and before hitting the bed. It would also be ideal if they can brush following each meal to break down unnecessary plaque buildup.
Make sure they brush ALL of their teeth. Children tend to only brush the front teeth and omit the rest. Spend more time with them, and watch them snag all the insides. It is also best to get your dentist in Dubai, to show them how to brush properly, without damaging gums.
Let them brush for about 2-3 minutes each time. It may be difficult for kids to exercise this. Play some music or sing along while they brush, for entertainment.
Ensure their toothbrushes has very soft bristles and change them every 3 months.
Check with a professional dentist if your child is able to use an antibacterial mouthwash.
Teach them how to floss teeth. This is an important step towards keeping clean and healthy teeth. Wait until they are old enough to understand the technique and introduce it.
Advise them that brushing the tongue can also keep their breath smelling fresh.
It is extremely important to visit a professional dentist at least two times a year. Apart from basic checkups for cavities, the dentist will guide you and the children how to have healthy and clean teeth and advice on the best ways to brush and floss.