The sooner you start taking care of your child’s oral health, the healthier and more beautiful the smile will be when he or she grows older.
Good oral care for your child right after birth
Maintaining a child’s oral health should begin immediately after birth. The newborn’s oral cavity should be wiped with a damp gauze, especially after every feeding and before bedtime, and although it may sometimes seem impossible to avoid letting your baby sleep with a feeding bottle in his mouth. With the appearance of the first tooth, and it appears after the sixth month of the baby’s life, start wiping it with a damp gauze twice a day, because the first teeth, milky dentition, play an important role in saving space for permanent teeth.
Monitor your child while brushing his teeth
Brushing teeth in the right way is important for oral health and should be the responsibility of the parent until the child learn to brush his teeth.
When a toddler has more teeth, then it’s time to brush with a soft brush. You can start brushing your teeth with plain water and slowly applying fluoride paste. Large amounts of paste can create a lot of foam and the child could swallow. it Brushing teeth should take two minutes and the brush movements to be circular – not back and forth. twice daily – after breakfast and before bedtime – to help reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Finally, the contents of the mouth should be sputtered, but not rinsed strongly with water, as there is a danger of flushing the protective fluoride.
The average life of the toothbrush is about 3 months. The old and worn-out brush will not clean your teeth properly.
Do not allow any food to your child before bedtime
After brushing your teeth before bed do not allow any food to your child. Going to bed with a clean mouth is very important, because the bacteria that remain on the food stick to the teeth and stay up all night, which can cause tooth decay.
Make an appointment at the dentist for your child
If in the past the first visit to a dentist was recommended after the third year, now it is no longer the case, because at that age most of the damage has already been done, that is, the tooth is already broken or started to break.
So make your first dentist appointment right after the first tooth sprouts or at the latest when your first birthday comes.
Regular visits to the dentist extend the life of your baby’s milk teeth. They can only be preventative examinations and interventions that should prevent the decay of dairy baby teeth.
In doing so, you should carefully explain to your little one what the dentist’s examination will look like, as a fun way to get a picture of his teeth, as a sign that he has grown up, so that he can better understand the visit and thus the fear of the dentist was overcome.
Prevention, early detection and treatment are important in maintaining your child’s oral health
As with other diseases, prevention, early detection and treatment are important in maintaining your child’s oral health, and thus in overall health and well-being.
Separate your child from breastfeeding/ feeding bootles
Breastfeeding or thumb sucking for too long causes your child’s teeth and mouth to malfunction. Do not allow sucking on your thumb and long sucking. Never put sugar or honey on a sucker and only put milk or water in feeding bottles. Refrain from adding sugar to the milk or putting in bottles of sugar drinks such as sweetened fruit juices. It is best if you can encourage your child to drink a glass as early as possible.
Reduce dietary sugar by replacing it with other delicious alternatives
Sugar-rich foods and sugary drinks are the number one cause of tooth decay and other oral diseases, and have a detrimental effect on overall health not only in children but also in adults.
Try to limit your child’s sugar intake and start with a healthy diet, low sugar and plenty of fruits and vegetables. This would mean a daily sugar intake of approximately 6 teaspoons for adults and 3 teaspoons for children, to minimize the risk of lifetime caries.
– Don’t just let your child brush their teeth until you’re sure they are doing it right!
– Don’t let your child sleep with a bottle in their mouth!
– Schedule your first visit to the dentist immediately after the first tooth sprouts or at the latest when his first birthday comes.
– Limit your child’s sugar intake and start a healthy diet with a little sugar and plenty of fruits and vegetables!
– Don’t let your child get caries or other oral disease!
Only regular tooth brushing, healthy eating and regular visits to the dentist can preserve your child’s good oral health.