Oral hygiene is an important component of general health, if any dental problem is left unrelated, it would affect the general health too. Whether it is babies or kids or teens, the basics of good hygiene are the same, but the techniques and tools vary. In this post, we discuss some important tips of Dental Hygiene in Babies, Toddlers and Children. Why is oral hygiene an important component?
It’s simple, a healthy mouth and teeth help them to eat the nutritious meals comfortably, speak clearly and smile confidently. So oral health is important for three ‘C’, eat comfortably, speak clearly and smile confidently.
Oral hygiene in babies
- Most of them have this question in mind, when do we start brushing our babies teeth. The answer is simple when you see it, you do it.
- When you see the first teeth popping out you can probably start brushing as the food particles tend to stick on the teeth, if unnoticed or proper hygiene is not maintained it may lead to tooth decay at a very early age.
- Choose a finger brush or a soft headed brush which can for into your babies mouth, gently brush the teeth without being harsh.
- Avoid use of fluoride toothpaste until they complete the age of two or in other words until they learn to spit.
Dental hygiene in toddlers
Toddlers, as the name suggests, are very naughty and crave for chocolates, sweets, cake and whatnot. All these have negative effects on their teeth. Yet if oral hygiene is maintained properly, you don’t have to worry too much about tooth decay. When it comes to brushing, they always insist that they would do it themselves, don’t immediately deny, wait for your turn. I would suggest that the parent take turns to brush their teeth twice or thrice a week. That would do. Explain to them that they should reach all the teeth, the front, back and the chewing surfaces.
Dental hygiene for children and teens
Once your kids reach an age at which they’re primarily responsible for their own day-to-day oral hygiene, you may breathe a sigh of relief.
Practice these simple tips to make sure that your kids build important dental hygiene habits
Practice healthy eating habits
- Avoid aerated drinks, chocolates, pastries,etc. Once in a while, everything is fine. but do encourage them to eat healthy meals.
Monitor their efforts:
- Have a schedule to monitor their brushing habits, if you think something is wrong, insist that they need to correct their habits.
Meet a dentist:
- No child (or adult) can keep their teeth plaque-free without the help of a professional. Routine teeth cleanings and dental exams are essential for good oral health.