Oral hygiene is important to everyone but kids should receive extra attention for several reasons.
First, kids need to learn the importance of oral care. Parents should explain to their kids that brushing teeth properly and frequently is the best way to prevent dental caries and tooth decay. A few tips can help. Avoid snacks prior bedtime and, as a simple rule, don’t let the kids go to bed without brushing their teeth.
Second, make sure kids brush their teeth after every meal. Remember to supervise children to avoid swallowing toothpaste or mouth rinse, as it may contain fluoride, preventing gastrointestinal problems. Sugar is kids’ number one enemy when it comes to oral care.
Kids love candy, sodas, chocolate and sugary foods and cutting treats off their diets doesn’t’ generally solve the problem. Educating kids about oral care is the alternative to prevent problems. Daily tooth brushing and flossing can minimize the effects of candy on their teeth.
Teaching proper brushing is also important. Instructing kids and checking if they are brushing correctly is essential to maintain a healthy smile.
Finally, make it fun. Kids’ toothbrushes have different colors and models these days. Cars, toys, cartoon figures and much more fun types of toothbrush give parents plenty of choices. Selecting a favorite flavor for the toothpaste can also make the difference. Get strawberry flavor if your kid loves strawberry.
Healthy dental care should start early to prevent future problems. Oral care education at home is the best way to get it started.