Beauty & Health

Dental hygiene for kids

Dental hygiene for kids
This article offers information on why it's paramount to practice dental hygiene for children.

When it comes to dental hygiene for kids, it's best to start it as early as possible to prevent cavities/tooth decay.

The best time to start taking your child to a dentist is by their first birthday since that's around the time their teeth start growing.

Research shows that cavities can start developing as early as the first tooth appears.

A guide on how to best look after your child's teeth.

Give your child better alternatives when it comes to food

Avoid sugary foods and opt for healthier alternatives like fruits and vegetables.

Encourage your child to brush and floss their teeth after every meal

Brushing teeth after every meal gets rid of food particles that decay and can cause cavities.
- Start with the outer surfaces, then proceed to the lower teeth.
- Next brush the inner surfaces then proceed to the lower teeth.
- Brush the chewing surfaces then the tongue.

Bush your child's teeth with toothpaste containing fluoride

Fluoride protects against tooth decay. Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and encourage your child to spit the toothpaste rather than swallow it after brushing their teeth.

Take your child for regular dental checkups

Ensure that your child sees a dentist on a quarterly basis so that the dentists can evaluate the status of your child's teeth.

Do not wait until there's a problem to act on dental hygiene for kids. Start early enough for better results.