A child’s well-being is always the biggest priority and concern of the parents. Kids’ oral health and hygiene is a necessary part of their overall health.
Taking care of your child’s oral health and hygiene including their teeth and gums begins with you and being a parent only you can set them on the right path for a lifetime of perfect oral hygiene measures and thus their overall health.
Infants do not know how to maintain their oral health and hygiene but as the kids grow up, their oral hygiene habits should also have to grow with them.
By the age of 3, all the baby teeth of the kids usually have erupted. These baby teeth are called deciduous or primary teeth. Baby teeth start to shed around the age of 6 years; that’s when the adult or permanent teeth start erupting and replacing them.
Spacing between the baby teeth is usually normal at this stage in order to make room for their permanent counterparts. Most of the kids have their permanent teeth have erupted by the age of 13.
Pediatric Dentists’ TIPS to keep your child on track:
Explain the children a proper reasoning behind adopting oral hygiene measures as tell them that brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste for a full 2-3 minutes will not only fights cavities and tooth decay which results from cavities but also strengthens your teeth and give you the confidence of having fresh breath.
Make the hygiene habits more attractive and enjoyable for the kids. Electric toothbrush might make brushing more fun and pleasing for preteens.
Tell the kids the benefits of flossing as it is extremely important at this point to adapt the flossing habit because most permanent teeth have erupted during this age and cleaning between the proximal surfaces of teeth will help to prevent cavities and keep their mouth fresh and clean.
Encourage children who indulge in activities of sports to wear a mouth guard in order to protect their teeth from injuries or trauma.
Make sure that the kids who wear some orthodontic appliances such as braces, should use an electric brush and adapt a proper flossing habit to avoid white spots on teeth when braces come off.
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