Acquiring good oral habits from childhood is a guarantee for a healthy mouth for life. It is a way to prevent any problem in the denture, as advised by Vitaldent through his YouTube channel. Gustavo Camañas, Vitaldent’s educational director, offers parents simple tips to instill in their children the habit of brushing their teeth every day and thus avoid possible oral problems in the future:
- Oral cleaning from the first day. Mouth hygiene should not be limited to when there are teeth. Parents should clean the baby’s gums daily with gauze moistened in warm water to avoid bacteria.
- Milk teeth must also be cared for. Milk teeth must be cared for in the same way as permanent teeth, since they fulfill such important functions as chewing or speaking. If the child develops cavities in a temporary tooth, the risk of the permanent tooth becoming infected is much higher.
- Parents should supervise the brushing of their children. As soon as the first teeth emerge, you must start cleaning them with a brush with a small head with soft bristles and preferably without toothpaste to prevent children from ingesting it. From the age of three, the child can participate in brushing, but plant under the supervision of an adult to ensure that he does it correctly.
4. Teach them how to brush their teeth. So that the little ones learn to brush properly, without leaving any piece and without risk of eroding their enamel, it is recommended to establish a methodical order so that they can easily remember it: brush from top to bottom and from bottom to top, including the gums to avoid accumulation tartar between the gum and the tooth, brush the molars and the inside of the teeth, use dental floss to remove the remains that remain between the teeth and finally clean the tongue.
- Periodically explore the mouth. Parents should check their children’s mouths for tartar, phlegmon, or possible cavities. This examination will also serve to evaluate the primary dental eruption and observe if there is any defect in the enamel, since a strange color of the dental piece may indicate some ailment.
- Be a good example. Children often imitate the behavior of older adults. It is necessary to share the moment of brushing the teeth with the children at least twice a day, especially at night before sleeping. Night brushing is the most important, since while we sleep, salivation decreases and teeth are less protected against bacteria that cause cavities.
- Fun. It is advisable to turn brushing into something fun, accompanying it with small games to create a pleasant routine for the little ones.
- Limit the consumption of sweets. You should not eliminate sweets from the child’s diet, but control and limit their consumption, since it increases the risk of cavities.
- Replace your toothbrush. The child’s toothbrush should be adapted to the child’s age. Parents should also take care of changing it every three months, which is recommended by professionals.
- Visit the dentist regularly. Ideally, the child should see the dentist when they are two and a half or three years old or if they already have all the temporary teeth. At that time the dentist will be able to perform a first examination of the state of his mouth and assess whether the diet he is taking is correct, as well as dental hygiene. The most important thing is that the child comes without any pathology so that he does not associate the dentist with pain or fear. From the age of 7 or 8, children can already have a first dental cleaning. In addition, early visits to the dentist will help us diagnose problems such as a bad dental position or cross bite that in childhood can be easily solved thanks to orthodontics, thus improving the child’s smile and health, chewing and even , the phonation