Keep Your Child’s Teeth Clean
Dr. Sindhu Vijaykumar
Koramangala, Bengaluru Feb 17, 2017
The foremost teeth of your child are called primary teeth. Most of them will be exchanged by permanent teeth by the time your child reaches the age of 12. However, it is still necessary to keep your child’s baby teeth clean. Your child would need these teeth for eating, speaking and growing properly.
Dental care begins even before your baby’s first tooth grows in. Use the given dental care suggestions to protect your baby’s first set of teeth and assist their future permanent teeth to stay healthy.
Brush your child’s teeth two times a day – morning and night. Use a pea-sized quantity of low-fluoride toothpaste on a child-size toothbrush.
Your child might wish to initiate helping to clean her own teeth. Allowing her hold the toothbrush with you will help her feel that she is a part of the action. However your child will need your help and direction with cleaning teeth until she’s approximately eight years old.
Ask your dentist, whether you should floss your child’s teeth.
From your child’s kindergarten years on, encourage your child to wash his mouth with water after lunch and snacks. This will help to wash off any leftover food.
The best way to brush your child’s teeth
You might love to try the following routine when brushing your child’s teeth:
Stand or sit at the back side of your child so that he feels secure. Be in front of a mirror so that it lets you see your child’s mouth.
Cup the child’s chin in your hand, with his head resting against your body.
Angle the bristles of the toothbrush toward the gums. To clean the outer and inner sides of the teeth and gums, move the toothbrush in gentle circles. Elevate your child’s lips to brush the front and back of the teeth and at the gum line.
Brush forth and back on the chewing surface of the teeth.
Softly brush your child’s tongue.
After brushing assist your child to spit out toothpaste, not gulp it. There is no need to wash after brushing because the fluoride toothpaste left behind safeguards your child’s teeth.
Avoid moving the brush in circles, if you are using an electric toothbrush. Keep your hand motionless, and direct the brush across your child’s teeth and gums.
The best way to floss your child’s teeth
Take a piece of floss approximately as long as your child's arm.
Wrap it around your middle finger of both your hands, leaving a two inch gap between your hands.
With your index fingers, move the floss between the teeth and wrap it into a ‘C’ shape.
Clean the tooth from the gum to the tip minimum two or three times.
Apply a new part of the floss for each tooth.
Floss both the sides of each tooth and remember to clean the backs of the last molars.
Your child will need your help with flossing for a while and by the age of 10 or 11, they will be able to floss their teeth on their own.