Oral Hygiene Lessons for your Child

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Aug 06, 2012

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Oral Hygiene Lessons for your Child

As a responsible parent, you must ensure that you do everything to keep your kid’s mouth and teeth clean. Oral hygiene includes prevention of dental complications and bad breath.


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Oral hygiene may be a difficult to practice, but oral hygiene lessons mentioned below will take care of your child’s dental health.


Educating Adolescents

Kids don’t understand the importance of oral hygiene and therefore, you are responsible for their oral care. Parents must educate their children about the benefits of dental health. Adolescents should be made aware of the fact that healthy teeth are necessary to chew food, speak fluently and have a beautiful smile. Make them understand that teeth stay for the entire life and should be taken care of very well.


[Read: Early Oral Health Problems in Children]


Brushing twice a day is helps to maintain dental hygiene. Brushing everyday removes plaque and bacteria that get deposited around the gums. If plaque is not removed, it gets accumulated and leads to cavity. You must tell your kid how to brush and simultaneously explain to him/her the importance of taking care of teeth with brushing. Moreover, parents must teach their kids to spit the toothpaste instead of swallowing it.


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Regular Dental Checkups

Health experts suggest that a child be taken for a dental check-up at least once in every four months. Dental check-up is a regular check-up to identify if there are any potential problems. Regular dental check-ups also help people discuss and know what the proper way of brushing and flossing is. After 2 ½ years, the dentist will include a topical application of fluoride for the prevention of cavities, dental caries and other oral diseases. Make your kid comfortable about his/her visit to a dentist by instilling the importance of it in his/her mind.


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Most kids find flossing the teeth difficult. If your child experiences difficulty in flossing between teeth and below the gum line, teach him/her how to do it. If you observe that the child is unable to floss using string floss, encourage him,/her to use floss picks. Flossing must start in the tender age of 2½years when the toddler’s teeth begin to touch one another. Parents should choose floss products for children that make flossing seem like fun.


Kids do love candies and chocolates, but their consumption should be limited. These should be replaced with fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese and whole-grain crackers. Milk, juice and any other sweetened liquid shouldn’t stay in contact with the teeth for long.


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