Getting children to properly care for their teeth can feel like an overwhelming job. But it is important that children understand how to care for their teeth. Don't fall into the trap of believing that just because children lose their baby teeth they are not important to care for. Cavities and unattended problems can damage their gums and harm their permanent teeth if the problems are not corrected. Here are some things that parents can do to help children care for their teeth.
1. Assist With Brushing
Parents shouldn't let children brush on their own until they are old enough to really learn proper brushing techniques. For instance, the child may only brush one side of the mouth, do incorrect strokes, or not use toothpaste correctly.
When you help them brush you can show them how to get the back of the mouth, brush the front teeth in circular and rhythmic motions and teach them how to spit out the toothpaste. As the child get's older you can let them physically brush their own teeth, but you should still supervise the brushing and make sure that it is getting done properly.
2. Floss Children As They Age
In the early days you will notice that your child's teeth have so many spaces that flossing isn't necessary. However, as the child gets more teeth it will push their teeth together so they are touching. This is especially true for the back molars. This is why you should start flossing children as soon as you start brushing them. Sometimes the child may be in their toddler years when they need to floss.
Flossing is much harder than brushing so the parent should be flossing the child, even after they can brush their own teeth.
3. Use A Fluoride Rinse
Fluoride will help the child to grow strong and dense permanent teeth. As they are young they need fluoride in their body to help their oral health. It is not as important as they get older, so there is really a critical time where the child should use a fluoride rinse. This rinse should be used right before bed, after they have brushed. You shouldn't let the child eat or drink anything after rinsing so that the fluoride can sit on the teeth overnight. This will help to create stronger teeth.
By doing these things you can keep your child's teeth healthy and prepare them for a life of good oral health. For more information, contact your dentist (like those at Edwardsville Family Dentist).Share