When you have a little kid at home, you'll have endless concerns as parents. While enjoying your moments with the little one you'll try to ensure his healthy growth. Today we are going to discuss a topic that'll be important for parents who try to take good care of their children, i.e. how to solve dental problems in children. When talking about children's teeth, parents will have to solve many problems. Today, we will tell you the best solutions for your child's dental problems using pictures.
1. When should you start brushing your child's teeth?
Many parents start to think about their child's oral hygiene after the arrival of baby teeth. Many parents make this mistake. Even if your little one doesn't have any baby teeth, after feeding him, you can gently clean his gums and tongue using a gauze, a piece of cloth wrapped around your finger or a soft baby toothbrush. At this age children do not need to use toothpaste. Cleaning the child's mouth this way will prevent the growth of harmful bacteria, and it will get him used to an oral cleaning routine. As a result, later on, parents can easily get their child to brush his teeth.
2. What is the best type of toothbrush for your child?
Many types of toothbrush for children are available in the market. However when you buy a toothbrush for your child make sure to buy a toothbrush with a round head, long handle and soft bristles. A toothbrush with hard bristles can easily damage the child's gums. So make sure to buy your child a suitable and attractive toothbrush.
3. How toothpaste should be used.
Don't use toothpaste for babies below 18 months. Children aged 18 months to 6 years should use a pea size amount of low-fluoride toothpaste. For children aged 6 and overuse a pea size amount of adult fluoride toothpaste.
4. The proper way to brush your child's teeth
Select a brightly lit place to brush your child's teeth. You can either stand or sit behind him while brushing his teeth. If your child is below 3 years, it will be convenient for you to lay him on your lap. Further, it is better to stand in front of a mirror because then the child can see how his caregiver is brushing his teeth. Using your free hand support your child's chin, and ask him to open his mouth wide. At this moment you can also check the child's teeth for any signs of decay. Afterwards, slowly insert the brush into the child's mouth and using small circular motions brush all sides of each tooth. When brushing pay extra attention to the child's back teeth as they are used for chewing.
After properly brushing the child's teeth, instruct him to spit out any leftover toothpaste, don't rinse his mouth with water. Finally, thoroughly rinse his toothbrush and keep it in a clean place to dry.
5. How many times a day should you brush your child's teeth?
Brush your child's teeth twice a day, after breakfast and after dinner. Do not give your child anything to eat or drink except water after brushing his teeth at night.
6. How much time should you spend brushing your child's teeth?
If there are only a few teeth in your child's mouth you don't have to spend so much time brushing them. However when your child has the complete set of primary teeth in his mouth, it's important to spend at least 2 minutes to brush his teeth. Within these 2 minutes you need to properly brush your child's teeth.
7. What can you do to prevent tooth decay in children?
- Make it a habit to clean your baby's tongue and gums after breastfeeding or feeding him any food.
- Teach your child to brush his teeth twice a day and teach him the importance of oral hygiene.
- Reduce your child's sugary snacks and drinks.
- Include calcium rich food items in your child's diet, especially yogurt and cheese.
- If you notice any signs of unhealthy gums and teeth take your child to the dentist.