Tips to take care of your child’s teeth
As parents we want our kids to grow strong and healthy, so taking care of their teeth will and teaching them good hygiene habits will ensure that they always have a beautiful smile and avoid diseases and tooth decay in the future.
It is suggested that we should take our children to the dentist by their first year for a check up to do some early preventive care, this will not only start teach them good dental care habits, but in the long run it will save you money, dental treatment is 40% less expensive for kids, especially in Mexico, so it is not a bad idea to visit the dental capital of the world, Los Algdones.
Speaking of creating good dental care habits, make sure you teach your kids how to brush correctly their teeth, teach them proper brushing techniques and to always wash their toothbrush properly after using it.
It is a good idea to plan out schedules like brushing twice a day or after every meal, and flossing before bedtime, they can start flossing the moment when two of their little teeth touch each other, and after that avoid giving them any food or drink
In case you have any babies, you can gently brush their gum very softly using a very soft toothbrush, after their firsts teeth appears you can still brush them regularly until they can hold a toothbrush on their own and you can teach them how to clean their teeth.
Another tip to help you take care of your kids teeth, specially babies, is to avoid letting them cling to their bottle with juices, milk or just sugary drinks, this is a bad idea because it creates an ideal environment to bacteria to grow on their mouth and probably cause them tooth decay.
But many parents think that giving their kid juices and milk on their sippy cup is a good idea, the truth is that, yes, it is healthy for the kid, but not if you let them sip all day long, use drinks as a treat or at mealtimes, as we mentioned before, giving them too much can lead to tooth decay.
The same can be applied to their medication as they can come really flavored and sugary for they to take them, make sure that they don’t stick on their little teeth, or the chances of having cavities will increase greatly, one of the medication you have to look out for are asthma and hearth medication because they often have a higher tooth decay rate.
The same goes with the pacifier, the prolonged use of this useful item can ruin your kid’s teeth by shaping them horribly in the wrong directions, it can even change the shape of the entire mouth, so, when is it the perfect time to remove the pacifier? Well, dentists suggest that by the age of 3 you can get rid of it safely.
Finally, stay firm with your children about their dental care habits, don’t let them go to bed before brushing their teeth, you have to make them believe they don’t have any other choice, this will require a lot of patience, be always calm when teaching them all the brushing, flossing and rinsing techniques
One golden tip is to let your children choose the toothpaste they want to use, this will encourage them to brush their teeth frequently because they’ll feel happy and entitled with their choice.
Last but not least, making activities and giving them treat for completing their dental hygiene by the end of the day, like making a chart and giving pints or stars per completion will keep them really motivated to brush their teeth. Another good tip is to brushing your teeth with them, making it a group activity or a family bonding experience.