You can prevent your child from getting tooth decay by starting his or her dental care at an early stage. You can begin by taking good care of your own oral health, as this sends a message that oral health is important and should be valued. You should also encourage your children to brush their teeth, by making brush time fun. To help your children protect their teeth and reduce their risk of cavities, follow these simple steps:
Teach your children to brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste.
Fluoride is a natural mineral found in many foods, and even in the drinking water in some countries around the world. By removing plaque from the teeth, fluoride toothpaste helps to strengthen the tooth enamel, making it resistant to acid attacks that could cause tooth decay.
Teach your children the proper method of brushing their teeth.
Start by dabbing a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on a soft-bristled toothbrush. Then gently brush the inside surface of the each tooth with a back and forth motion. Brush the outer surface of each tooth along the outer gum line, before brushing the chewing surface of each tooth. Once done brushing the teeth, brush the tongue to ensure fresher breath.
Teach your children to floss their teeth.
Flossing removes food particles and plaque between teeth that brushing alone can’t. Floss daily to remove plaque from under the gum line before it hardens and turn into tartar. Once tartar builds up around the tooth, it can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist. Teach your child to floss at the age of 4.
Take your children to the dentist regularly.
To ensure that your child gets the best oral health care, schedule regular dental appointments. A dentist could apply a dental sealant (fissure sealant) to your child’s teeth, ensuring that your child does not get any cavities. Your dentist will also be able to keep track of your child’s oral health and look for signs of other health problems.
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Colgate “Oral Health For Children”
Healthy Children .Org “Brushing Up on Oral Health: Never Too Early to Start”
WebMD “8 Ways to Protect Your Child’s Teeth”