It is vitally important to teach our children the importance of cavity prevention at an early age. Along with proper nutrition and regular visits to the dentist, children can learn the importance of dental hygiene and oral health.
Dental hygiene: Most children dread having to brush their teeth, but there are many new products on the market to aid in helping to form good oral health habits. It is recommended that parents begin cleaning their children’s gums as newborns. Soft gum brushes especially made for babies can be found at most drugstores. By using the soft brush or simply a damp cloth, bacteria are wiped away and dental hygiene can be instituted as a part of the baby’s daily routine. If you find that your child is refusing to brush, distract them by singing to them or playing music.
Fluoride is a hot topic for many, as too much can create fluorosis and too little can cause tooth decay. Your dentist can help determine the level of fluoride needed for your child, especially taking into consideration whether he drinks tap water containing fluoride. Using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste with fluoride can help keep your child’s teeth healthy, beginning between the ages of 3 and 6. With the many flavors now available, it must be closely monitored that your child does not swallow the toothpaste!