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Proper Oral Hygiene For Children

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Proper oral care is something you should get used to from childhood. By teaching your child good dental habits, you are familiarising them with good hygiene and they will continue to keep these habits up even when they reach adulthood. Proper dental care has to start from the time your child is a baby. This will ensure they have strong and healthy teeth for a very long time.

You can use a damp washcloth to clean your baby’s gums and new teeth each time they are fed. Once their teeth start coming, you can use a small toothbrush with soft bristles. Make sure you’re gentle when brushing and don’t use a lot of toothpaste. The child should be given instructions on proper brushing technique from the time they’re three years old. You can let them see how you brush your teeth so they get a better idea. This would create a bonding moment for you and your child as well. By the time they’re six years old, they would know how to take care of their teeth properly. You can teach them to floss at this age. 

Some water supplies are fluoridated, Check if this is the case for your home. You can consult your dentist Matraville about other options as well. Another thing you should be concerned about is sugary food. Children love sweets and as a result of the fast food industry and the multitude of sweets they are exposed to, they will become quite attached to consuming so many sweets. You should set some guideline about sweets from the beginning. For example, sweets can be consumed at meal times. There should be an interval between sugary foods. And once you consume sweets, it is better to rinse your mouth well with water. Make sure that your child has enough alternatives for sugary food such as peanuts, cut up fruit, fruit smoothies etc. By reducing the number of sweets available at home you can cut down on how much they consume throughout the day. 

You have to take your child to Maroubra dental centre regularly. Start from the time they have their first birthday. You can stay informed on good dental hygiene and catch problems in oral health from the start. This will act as a preventative measure. Children will feel quite anxious when visiting the dentist. Stay calm and upbeat when you visit and allow the child to convey any fears they have about going to the dentist. You can do this by developing a good communication between you and the child. Once they get used to it, they will start to look forward to these visits and become accustomed to taking care of their teeth.