Dentists around the globe recommend toothbrushing to children as young as 6 months old. Incorporate the toothbrushing into your child’s daily hygiene regimen(1). It is crucial to start young to avoid potential decay and gum disease in teens and adulthood There is no doubt, oral health is important for your child’s well-being. It is just as important for your overall health as well. While it may seem like a chore to brush your child’s teeth, your effort will pay off in the end. Below, you will discover a list of oral health tips for you and your child.
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Be A Good Role Model
When some parents think of being role models for their children, they oftentimes forget about oral hygiene. Most children tend to mimic their parents’ behavior, regardless of if it is good or bad. This rule applies to teeth brushing and flossing. If you do not take care of your teeth, how do you possibly expect your child to?
Being a good oral hygiene role model means brushing your teeth twice a day. Dental experts recommend oral hygiene immediately upon waking to remove any potential bacteria from the night before. The second time should be right before you retire for the night. This will help remove the bacteria from food and beverages, consumed throughout the day.
Do Not Overdo It With Toothpaste
A major mistake parents make when brushing their children’s teeth is utilizing too much toothpaste. Try as you may, your child will consume some toothpaste during each toothbrushing. It is not recommended for children to be permitted to consume toothpaste with fluoride. A small dab will not have a major impact on your child’s health. But too much will result in abdominal discomforts, such as nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.
In rare cases, parents have reported skin rash after their child consumed fluoridated toothpaste. To play it safe, switch to an all-natural toothpaste. Doing so will protect your child from a potential allergic reaction, in the event of ingesting too much fluoridated toothpaste.
Consider Professional Whitening
Teeth whitening is highly recommended for children over the age of 13. Speak with your child’s dentist to determine the actual age recommendation for children. In the meantime, continue to brush and floss your child’s teeth until he or she is old enough to take on the responsibility.
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Be Selective When Shopping For A Child’s Toothbrush
Contrary to belief, a child’s toothbrush(2) is not just a toothbrush. While there are dozens of toothbrush brands on the market, not all of them are created equal. Medical experts recommend being extremely selective when shopping for your child a new toothbrush. Remember, just because the toothbrush is the shape of your child’s favorite cartoon character, does not necessarily mean it is the best option. In fact, the handle design has very little to do with the actual toothbrushing. However, it can have an impact on your child’s ability to handle the brush throughout the oral hygiene process.
An adult toothbrush is not suitable for young children. You will find a broad selection of children’s toothbrushes at your local retail store.