In order to avoid your child having dental phobia, we’ve come up with this list of tips and tricks on how to keep your child’s teeth clean, and how to encourage good oral hygiene now — and in the future — for your little ones!
- Good oral hygiene starts from even before your children have teeth! If your baby hasn’t gotten any of his/her teeth yet, wipe down his/her gums with a clean, soft, damp washcloth after every feeding. This will prevent harmful bacteria from building up in his/her mouth!
- Whether you decide to use fluoridated toothpaste is up to you; however, you’ll always want to get toothpaste that’s been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Kids 3 years old, and under, shouldn’t use more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, regardless of whether the toothpaste is fluoridated.
- Flossing isn’t necessary unless and until your child’s teeth begin to touch. Even then, you should do it carefully — don’t push down too hard on your child’s gums, because that will cause pain and bleeding.
- Be sure to teach your child to spit while brushing so that he or she doesn’t swallow any toothpaste. Even if you’re confident that your child knows enough not to swallow toothpaste, it’s always a good idea to supervise your child while s/he is brushing his/her teeth in order to prevent any accidents.
- Finally, but certainly no less importantly, good oral hygiene also entails watching what your children eat. Limit — if not completely eliminate — sugary foods, and beware of “bottle rot” (which is what happens when sugars from milk and/or juice remain on the teeth for too long, causing tooth decay).
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