Over 50 % of children under 9 years old have at least one cavity or filling, and that proportion increases to 78% among 17-year-olds. Because of these scary statistics, it is clear that establishing an oral hygiene routine as early as possible will lead to less dental complications later on. There’s no need to wait until your child has all his teeth to lay the foundations for good oral or general health.
The dental experts at Colgate recommend that every child see a dentist by the time they are one to two years of age.
Make brushing your teeth fun. Incorporate a song or dance to keep your child engaged until this daily routine has become habit.
Brush your teeth with your children. Kids love to mimic their parents, so make dental care a team effort in the beginning. Let your toddler watch you brush your teeth and demonstrate proper brushing techniques. Then let your little one give it a try. Supervised brushing should continue until approximately age six, when children are likely to demonstrate that they can capably brush on their own.
Don’t forget about Flossing. This will be more difficult to teach than brushing but it is just as important.
Buy a special brush and toothpaste. Keep your child’s interest alive is with a new, fun toothbrush. When it is time to replace the old toothbrush with a new one, opt for a colorful, soft-bristled brush or one with your child’s favorite cartoon character. Also, fluoride toothpaste specifically designed for kids, that is not as minty as adults’ paste will make flavor more bearable for them. Only half a pea size is required.
Good nutrition. Sugar-rich foods and beverages need not be completely avoided. But in order to cut off the build-up of decay-inducing bacteria, their frequency should be limited.