Do your children have dental or cavity problems? It would be perfect if all kids sailed through life with no cavities and great oral hygiene habits. Today with more information on dental hygiene and its importance, parents have become aware on how to safeguard their children against dental decay.
Most parents are in a dilemma as to when they should fix an appointment for the first time for their child. The right time should be when the child gets his/her first tooth or at least by the first birthday. This is imperative as the parents need to be educated on children’s’ dental care as well as the fact that this is necessary for the development and dental health of the child.
Encouraging Good Dental Hygiene
Here are some instructions which will be a guide for good dental hygiene and for preventing cavities:
The secret to ensuring healthy and clean gums starts when you bring your baby home from the hospital. Use a soft wet wash cloth or a clean piece of gauze and rub the gums of the baby gently. Though your baby’s teeth do not grow till six months of age, this daily cleaning will help in getting your child used to this process which will be the start for good dental hygiene.
You can introduce fluoride toothpaste and a toothbrush by the time your child reaches the age of 18 months which is the time that the first molars start growing.
The first visit to the dentist should be by the age of one which helps in the healthy development of teeth and gums. Your dentist will ensure that the dental development is normally followed by checkups once in every six months.
Thumb sucking or sucking or a pacifier should be stopped once the permanent teeth start forming. This habit will cause harm to the formation of gums and teeth.
Your dentist will guide on prevention of cavities and if treatment is needed, sealants and fluorides will be provided. They will also offer advice on oral hygiene which includes, brushing teeth twice daily, flossing, rinsing the mouth after eating and avoiding sweets or candy or too many snacks.
Milk and juice at bedtime should be avoided and replaced with water or a pacifier if needed for a child. The pacifier should not be dipped in any sweetener or sugar.
Make sure that the water used for rinsing the child’s mouth contains fluoride. Or you could use bottled water.
Make sure that you help your child if he/she is less than 7 years of age. If your child is independent, then allow him/her to brush on their own. This habit helps in years to come.