February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) – a great opportunity to promote the benefits of good oral health, because developing good dental health habits at an early age, helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Here are a few good habits one can acquire to help their child have healthy teeth for life.
It is well said that Home is our first school. The best way for you to protect your child’s teeth is to teach him good dental habits. With the proper coaching he’ll quickly adopt good oral hygiene as a part of his daily routines.
As soon as your child has a tooth, you should help him brush it two times a day with a smear (size of a grain of rice) of fluoride toothpaste on a child-sized toothbrush that has soft bristles.
3. Brushing Motion
You’ll hear all kinds of advice on whether the best brushing motion is up and down, back and forth, or around in circles. The truth is that the direction really doesn’t matter. What’s important is to clean each tooth thoroughly, top and bottom, inside and out. So be sure to supervise or do the actual brushing if necessary.
4. Watch your child’s diet.
For you child teeth, sugar is the biggest villain. The longer and more frequently his teeth are exposed to sugar, the greater the risk of cavities. Sticky sugar foods such as sticky caramel, toffee, gum etc, when stays mouth for hours can do serious damage. Make sure to always brush your child’s teeth after a sugary food item.
5. Dental Checkups
As soon you see your baby’s first tooth – and no later than your child’s first birthday – visit the dentist for a checkup. Your dentist can tell you if your child has plaque or cavities, when to expect the next baby teeth to come in, and how to take good care of your child’s teeth.
Ask your child’s dentist about sealants. A sealant is a special coating that goes into the grooves and pits of your child’s molars (back teeth). Sealants protect against cavities on the biting surfaces of the teeth.