Dental Health & Hygiene for Kids

  • By Family Dental Centres
  • 21 Feb, 2017
little girl brushing dental hygiene
Many parents fail to pay the required attention to the oral health & hygiene of their children. They don’t know that poor dental health can have a negative effect  on many developmental factors that contribute to the kid's overall well-being. Of course, they are baby teeth and will eventually fall out, but it is not to be forgotten that they help your child in biting and chewing food, and speaking clearly and that dental decay in your child’s teeth can adversely affect permanent teeth and cause future dental problems. Some dental problems, especially rotting teeth can affect the confidence of a child as they enter into adulthood, which could negatively impact on their career development.

Start looking after your baby’s oral health at an early stage

Why wait for your child’s first teeth to grow? You should maintain the oral hygiene of your child at an early stage. Remove plaque from the kid's mouth every day to avert the risks of Early Childhood Tooth Decay (ECTD) .

Procedure for Cleaning an Infant’s Mouth

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Clean Infant teeth
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  • Be equipped with a soft, damp cloth.
  • Wrap the wet cloth around your index finger.
  • Softly wipe the infant's gums from back to front, rubbing them and taking away any milk residue.
  • Follow these steps at least two times a day.
  • As soon as teeth erupt, you can start cleaning the teeth with a small, soft and wet toothbrush.
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If your child can write his or her name, by this time, he/she is ready to be able to brush his/her teeth on his/her own. Teach your kid proper oral care  at a young age. This is no less than an investment in his or her oral health that will pay lifelong dividends. Encourage good oral care by brushing your teeth along with your kid and letting them select their own cute toothbrush. Help your child in removing all the plaque that is accumulated on his/her teeth.

To lessen the risk of getting cavities, ensure your young ones tick all the following boxes:

  • Tooth Brushing- Your kid’s teeth need to be cleaned very well every day. After breakfast and before going to bed, your kid must brush his/her teeth. It would be very helpful if you make brushing teeth fun for your kid .

  • Fluoride Toothpaste - Fluoride re-mineralises your child’s teeth and prevents cavities. Your child must brush with an accepted fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque.

  • Brushing Technique - So, what exactly is the right brushing motion? Is it up and down, back and forth, or around in circles? Well, the direction really doesn’t matter, the right technique does. Brushing in a smaller, circular motion is recommended. And, the correct method is to clean each tooth carefully, top and bottom, inside and out. Make sure your child cleans the tongue with a toothbrush or a tongue scraper.
  • Flossing - At age 4, you should begin flossing your kid’s teeth. At age 8, he is ready to floss for himself. Flossing will help your child in getting rid of food particles and plaque that is trapped between the teeth and under the gumline.  
  • The Right Diet - Your young one should eat a well-balanced diet  that includes fruits and vegetables and limits sticky sugar foods.
  • Dental Visits - Visit the Dentist every 6 months to ensure optimum dental health. Early detection of any dental problems is advisable.

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As with any walk of life, be it an interest of people, or in a health related way such as in this instance, there are always rumours and myths about things that crop up out of nowhere . Perhaps these things start as someone having a joke or saying something foolish, which actually ends up getting passed on as gospel. Who knows?

One thing we do know however, is that over the years, we’ve heard some bizarre things about dental health, crazy falsities and myths that are just simply untrue. Some of them we’ve been able to laugh at because they’re just that ludicrous, while others we’ve had to be more cautious of, because they can actually lead to disastrous consequences.

That being said, here are three of the more commonly heard myths – so if you believe any of these, please let this be the day that you cease to do so.

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Brushing your teeth is like most things in life: there is a set way to do it that really maximizes the results – and maximizing results is something you definitely want when it comes to anything to do with health and wellbeing.

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But one thing that is less common than brushing twice daily but can be equally, if not sometimes more, important, is flossing at least once a day. If you’re someone who doesn’t floss because you don’t see a need to, then you should start as soon as you’re done reading. Flossing is crucial in dental health for a number of reasons, and in this article we’re going to look at three of them.

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One way to practically guarantee this is to switch from a manual to an electric toothbrush. There are many reasons behind electric toothbrushes being dominant; in this article we’re going to discuss three of them. So keep reading, and let’s find out why electric is the best route towards excellent dental hygiene.

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Though there is one thing you could do to improve that image of yours, and all from the comfort of your home too.

White teeth are quite a non-subjective part of someone’s appearance. There’s no one on this planet who could tell you they don’t want white teeth without lying through the very things they wish to be white. They’re wonderful, and can enhance someone’s appearance tenfold, simply by giving their face a brighter, more-noticeable smile.

So, if you want to give your teeth the whiteness they deserve, try some of these home remedies in order to fight off that pesky tartar.

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Sadly, for some of us, that’s not such an easy-to-do thing. Some people suffer from misaligned teeth through no fault of their own, and begin to feel self-conscious about smiling. Thankfully though, there is a solution.

If you find yourself getting all shy about your crooked teeth, then check out this list of five reasons to invest in Invisalign – an alternative sort of solution rather than going with traditional braces.

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According to  Know Your Teeth , if you have discolored, chipped, misshapen or missing teeth, your dentist can help! These improvements are not always just cosmetic. Many of these treatments can improve oral problems, too!

Here are some treatments that you can ask your dentist about:


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As our children grow up and become more independent, teaching them about dental hygiene is essential. Not only will it help them be more independent but it will also improve their confidence later in life.

A healthy smile influences more than most know. It affects our how we communicate, eat, drink and even our self-esteem. How are you supposed to be confident, when you have trouble expressing your emotions?

Dentists in Atlanta, Georgia  have found that “Older people report that they experienced low self-esteem much of their life because of their teeth. They felt they were born with this type of smile and there wasn’t much they could do.”

Teaching our kids to brush, floss, and see a dentist regularly is extremely important. A healthy smile inspires confidence and a willingness to smile more.

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