How To Help Your Children Take Care Of Their Teeth
Oral hygiene should always be a main priority, and it’s a good idea to lay the best possible foundations by encouraging your kids to take care of their teeth from an early age. Thankfully, learning how to help your children look after their teeth and maintain great oral health doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might expect, as there are a variety of simple steps that you can follow to show them the ropes in no time at all. So, if you’re ready to learn more, then read on!
Brushing Thoroughly Twice A Day
The most important feature of a good oral hygiene plan is brushing, as your children should always brush their teeth twice daily – once in the morning, and then again before bedtime. Brushing is the only way to remove the built-up food debris that has stuck on and between teeth throughout the day, as leaving such debris to fester can lead to an excess of plaque, tooth discoloration, and even cavities and total tooth loss in the worst-case scenario. Start by finding a child-suitable toothbrush, as the bristles on any average adult toothbrush will be far too strong and rough for their more sensitive gums. Next, get a toothpaste that has a palatable taste (lots of kids hate mint, and therefore hate brushing) and get to work showing them the right maneuvers and routines to brush their teeth in the most thorough way. Make sure they brush their teeth for at least 1-2 minutes after their breakfast or before they head to school, and in the evening after dinner or before they go to bed.
Minimize Their Sugar Intake
Minimizing the amount of sugar that your children consume should be your next priority, as sugar can wreak havoc for oral health and cause your kid’s teeth to experience a whole host of different issues. Unfortunately, sugar is in so many different foodstuffs, from the more obvious sources like candy and cakes to unexpected items like pre-made pasta sauces and even sliced bread. Encouraging your children to eat a natural diet made up of unprocessed foods is the easiest way to avoid overconsumption of sugar, as whole foods contain nothing but naturally occurring sugars that are far more gentle on their teeth and general health as a whole. Opt for fresh fruit or nuts as a snack, and make meals from scratch using raw ingredients to monitor how much sugar goes into their diet.
Visit The Dentist Regularly
Visiting the dentist at least once every 6 months will help to keep your kids’ teeth in the best possible condition, as they need to see a specialist regularly to check for issues and warning signs while also seeking the best possible advice and guidance. For example, if your child has signs of crooked or misaligned teeth then they may suggest a myobrace treatment. Alternatively, they could spot signs of bad brushing and suggest the most suitable cleaning products to help minimize plaque build-up.
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