Best Dental Care Tips for Kids
Kids will not really know the importance of their teeth unless you tell them. It is just one of the things a parent needs to do as their child grows. They must get into the habit of regularly brushing their teeth ideally after meals, certainly last thing at night and perhaps even after eating sweets and having a fizzy drink. If it all becomes second nature a kid will look after teeth for the rest of his or her life.
It makes sense to limit the amount of sugar that your child consumes anyway. Sugar attacks teeth and too many sweets, cakes and fizzy drinks represent too much sugar that will be prepared to attack. It is sensible to look at your child’s diet anyway and think about fresh fruit and vegetables rather than processed food, burgers, fries and fizzy drinks finished off with a sugary dessert. That is a good decision overall for their health, not just their teeth.
Morning and Night
Kids should start in the morning, first thing, by brushing their teeth to remove any plaque and bacteria and then last thing at night because the saliva which fights plaque dries up through the night. Two minutes each time is good. It is a good idea to change toothbrushes on a regular basis, perhaps every three months or so. Flossing means that the plaque between the teeth is removed and this is the area where must problems originate.Electric toothbrushes have certainly made the job easier and waterjets will certainly outperform flossing and certainly improve the fight against gum disease.
Your child’s breath is a sign as to whether he or she is doing all the things necessary. A good mouthwash is important in conjunction with the other regular activities. A mouthwash will reach areas that brushing alone cannot access.
Children should not need any artificial means to whiten their teeth; that problem comes with age, and such things as smoking. However regular visits to the dentist provide a check on how the child is doing and will result in advice where necessary.
Losing teeth is never fatal. Elephants actually die when their last set of teeth wears away and they cannot chew their food, branches, leaves etc. In humans there are dentists to solve any problem. It is so much better however to start children off with the right habits that will last a lifetime.