As a responsible dad, it is your duty to ensure that your kids’ teeth are healthy. You should start caring for your children’s’ teeth as soon as possible, and you should do so regularly to spare them from the pain of a toothache or a dodgy smile. Here are some tips for doing just that:
Many parents don’t realize that you can start looking after your children’s teeth before they are even visible. Even when your child is a young baby, you should be cleaning his or her gums with a soft cloth, and ideally, you should take them to the dentist no longer than six months after their first tooth appears.
Help Them Brush
When your children are young, you should help them to brush at least twice a day, using any tricks you can to make it fun for them. If they don’t see it as a chore, they will get into the habit of brushing regularly as they get older, which will help to keep their teeth healthy. Just make sure that they brush for at least two minutes each session for the most benefits.
Choosing a Toothbrush
Children’s teeth and gums are more sensitive, which means that you should choose a brush which has very soft bristles and small heads, to make the process more comfortable for them. If you want to get them enthused about the process of brushing their teeth, allow them to choose their own brush in the color of their choice, or with a favorite cartoon character on the packaging. This will make it more fun for them.
When brushing children’s teeth, you don’t need to use that much toothpaste. Children under five only need a small smear of paste and children between the ages of 5 and 9 require a pea-sized lump to get the job done. You should not give children teeth whitening toothpaste or anything like that, sticking to children’s toothpaste until they are at least 10.
Give them Water
If you are eating out, or the kids have just had a snack, encourage them to drink a small glass of water. This will help to get rid of any food from the teeth and stop the growth of bacteria until you can brush.
Visit the Dentist
You should take your children to see the dentist at least twice a year from the time they get their first teeth until they leave for college. By doing so, you can help keep cavities away, ensure that any teeth whitening required is kept to a minimum and help to ensure that they have a healthy mouth at least throughout their childhood.
Talk About Teeth
If you want your kids to know just how important good tooth health is, you need to talk to them about it. Make sure they know the dangers of not brushing and eating too much sugar. Show them pictures of rotting teeth and let them know how painful a cavity can be and there is a good chance they will take the message on board and take care of their own teeth without any nagging from you.