Are you still scratching your head thinking about how to make brushing fun for your children? If your child’s dental hygiene isn’t the best one till now, it is high time to step up your game. A good oral health can have so many wonderful life- changing benefits for you and your kids which you have not imagined. It is very mandatory to take care of your child’s gums and teeth which obviously mean to brush their teeth and floss regularly twice a day. You will have to be gentle when you brush or floss their teeth to avoid bleeding gums or any other tooth problem. We have put together some top tips covering some of the best dental products for your kids to have that sparkling smile which can lighten up an entire town.
These four steps are the best and easiest ways to help you remember how to care for your kid’s mouth, teeth and gums:
- Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes, especially first thing in the morning and before bedtime.
- Floss every day – usually at bedtime(when their teeth start to fit closely)
- Limit the number of times you eat snacks each day
- Take them for a dental visit every 6 months for an oral exam and professional cleaning
BRUSHING FOR KIDS
Kids younger than six years of age definitely need a grown-up with them to help them brush gently to avoid irritating their gums. The back, top and tongue area of the mouth also needs cleaning. Brushing the tongue freshens the breath and removes germs. Kids should ensure proper brushing by the time they grow up i.e. after 6 years of age. They should start with the upper teeth, brushing the outer surface covering the entire lower teeth continuing to brush the outside area. Once kids have brushed for two minutes, they need to spit the toothpaste out instead of swallowing it. Following this routine at least twice a day will help kids avoid painful dental problems.
FLOSSING FOR KIDS
Much like brushing, kids can begin to floss on their own around the age of six. Flossing is a great way to clean areas that are prone to developing cavities. When two teeth emerge that touch, parents should use floss picks or sticks to clean between the teeth. Flossing should be done after brushing instead of before brushing because the floss actually lends a helping hand to the toothpaste still in the mouth! It helps to spread the toothpaste and its cavity-fighting fluoride throughout the mouth. In fact, flossing should be the last part of a kid’s dental health routine before they go to bed. It keeps plaque from harming teeth overnight. Don’t forget about the back molars! Even though they do not have two teeth bordering them, they still need the cleansing power of floss.