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How To Take Care Of Your Kid’s Oral Health

How To Take Care Of Your Kid’s Oral Health

Dentists recommend that kids should start their visits to the dentist by the time they turn two. Not only do you give the dentist a chance to closely monitor the dental growth of your child but you also get to learn about their tooth development. You get an opportunity to know more about the need of fluoride, how to teach oral habits to your kid, how to prevent serous oral injuries and learn how to help him maintain good oral hygiene.

Avoid Juice

Many parents think that giving juices to their kids is a good choice for almost every beverage and a very healthy habit but sadly this is not the case. Drinking too much juice has been directly linked to childhood obesity and tooth decay. You need to limit the juice intake of your kids and keep it to less than 4 ounces a day, that is, if they are 100% fruit juice. You must restrict the sugary drinks and foods to mealtimes as well. Try to make your children realize that juice is a treat, not something that can be drank anytime they want.

Start Early

So, your kid turned one? It is the best time that you take him now to see a dentist. Always keep in mind that prevention is better than cure, and early care may save you a lot of money in the years ahead. A report shows that the costs of dental care came down to nearly 40% over the period of 5 years for those children who visited dentists when they were 5 years of age.

Teach Good Habits

The most crucial part when it comes to taking good care of your teeth is brushing. You can gently brush the gums if your baby is too young and does not have any teeth. Here is how you can do it: clean gums with a very soft washcloth or use small amount of water on a baby toothbrush.

Whenever the baby teeth appear, make sure that you brush two times a day with fluoridated toothpaste and an infant toothbrush. You would know that it is time to floss when the 2 teeth of your child touch each other. You can also ask your dentist regarding brushing schedules and techniques. But, it is important to floss and brush right before bedtime; no drink or food except water until the next morning.

What Is The Right Way To Brush A Toddler’s Teeth?

You must supervise the brushing of your child until he turns 6. Take a look at the following guidelines to learn how to brush a toddler’s teeth:

  • Use fluoride toothpaste in just a pea-sized amount. Make sure that your kid does not swallow this toothpaste.
  • Always buy a toothbrush that has soft bristles for your child. Gently brush the insides of the teeth where the plague accumulates the most, and then angle the bristles towards his gum line. Continue brushing back and forth gently.
  • Now, clean the teeth on the outside and keep the bristles towards the gum line. Continue to brush back and forth gently.
  • In the end, place the bristles of brush on chewing surface of teeth and brush them back and forth gently.

Keep guiding the hand of your child when they brush for the first few times so that they can learn the correct movement.


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Dos and Don’ts when taking care of your teeth


Most dentists agree on the “do’s and don’t’s” of good oral hygiene. Doctor Saliba included the golden rules of maintaining good oral health:

  • DO brush your teeth for up to 120 seconds or two minutes.
  • DO use fluoride and ADA-approved toothpaste. For children under the age of nine, do use fluoride supplements in order to help them strengthen their teeth against tooth decay.
  • DO brush two to three times a day, especially before going to bed.
  • DO floss between your teeth at once a day.
  • DO eat healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables.
  • DO go to the dentist for basic cleanup and checkups on a regular basis (once or twice a year).
  • DON’T smoke, as smoking is one of the leading causes of gum diseases.
  • DON’T snack before go to bed.
  • DON’T use sugar or honey in your coffee or tea. Try to use sugar substitutes, instead.
  • If you have a baby, DON’T give your baby fruit juice, as juices are acidic (and wear down teeth gradually) and contain loads of sugar.
  • DON’T make is a habit to eat sugar-filled candies.
  • Parents, DON’T use candy as a pacifier, as studies show that doing this will predispose children to adult obesity. 

Other important tips related to maintaining good oral health include:

  • Choose the right type of toothbrush. Hard-bristled brushes do not remove plaque or stains better than soft-bristled brushes and are not kind to sensitive teeth and gums.
  • For flossing, lightly waxed or unwaxed floss tends to work best for most people. For people who have teeth that are very close together, use Teflon-coating, thin tape.
  • Although no mouthwash or rinse can kill all the bacteria in your mouth, when used in combination with brushing and flossing, mouth rinses can help reduce bacteria that causes dental plaque, which helps to prevent gum diseases. In order for mouthwashes to work properly, however, you must keep the wash in your mouth for the duration recommended on the label.
  • Teeth whitening is most ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth (i.e., no fillings) and gums. Also, for people who want to whiten their teeth, going to their dentist’s office for light-activated whitening can make teeth three to eight shades lighter, while over-the-counter whitening agents or toothpastes tend to lighten tooth color by one shade.

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