Taking care of your teeth while you are still young will assure you a healthy set of teeth and gums as you grow up; the process should start ideally at a young age in order for you to make it a habit. There are different ways of taking care of your teeth as you grow up, there is a set of routines for infants and toddler, and there are also slightly different rules for the grown ups but basically the end goal is a clean and cavity-free set of teeth.
Contrary to what many of us may still believe in, according to many pediatric dentists, infants also need a thorough oral hygiene program in order to prevent possible infections. There are certain forms of infection that most pediatric dentists identify as a result of tiny slashes on the baby’s gums and any soft areas, as the baby feeds with the harder objects like the tip of the milk bottle, the pacifier, or even on breastfeeding.
Picking the Right Toothbrush
At the start of the growth of the baby’s teeth, the first thing you should consider is the kid of toothbrush for the child’s age. Most pediatric dentists advise that in choosing your child’s toothbrush that you always check to see what the recommended age of use the toothbrush manufacturer suggests. If you are not sure of this, I suggest you scan through online pages of some toothbrush manufacturers and get your child a toothbrush best for this/her age. Many pediatric dentists believe that an inappropriate toothbrush would lead to damages in the gums and possibly to infection as well.
Picking the Right Toothpaste
Aside from a good toothbrush, getting the correct toothpaste is also important. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the components of many adult toothpastes is very different to those of the kid’s; hence they strongly recommend that a child must use what is suited for their age or else possible they are in danger of taking in things that could potentially harm them. Moreover, adult toothpaste may kill the natural good bacteria found in the child’s mouth that helps a lot in many biological processes. For example, buy children’s toothpaste with lower fluoride concentration or instead of this, pediatric dentists propose to buy mouth cleanser that can be swallowed by the children.
Correct Method of Brushing
The most important in oral hygiene is brushing the right way. Many pediatric dentists suggest to always make sure that the child knows the right process well; parents must spend generous time with their kids in showing them the correct way of brushing.
Use the correct brushing and flossing method, when caring for your child’s teeth. Most children like to show their independence by doing tasks, such as brushing their teeth, on their own. Allow your kids brush their teeth themselves, either before or after you have completely removed all of the plaque. You should, however, brush your child’s teeth twice a day until he or she is able to brush their own teeth correctly, around the age of six. When you are confident your child is capable of brushing alone, buy an egg timer or use a stop watch and time your child’s brushing for the recommended two minutes. When complete, always do a final inspection. Remember to congratulate your child on a job well done, and if you do notice any teeth that have been missed, visually show your child the area and demonstrate how he should remove the plaque or food.