The Back to School Special:
Whether your child has their first or their permanent teeth, keeping them clean and healthy can prevent disease, infection, pain and sickness. Also, a clean and healthy mouth feels nice, looks good and keeps their breath fresh.
Your child’s teeth need to be cleaned every single day. Why do you ask? Because the germs or bacteria in the mouth grow on the teeth and around the gums every day! This buildup is called dental plaque and it attacks the teeth and gums causing a variety of oral health issues when leftover time.
By keeping their teeth clean and healthy your child will avoid problems like tooth decay, toothache, bleeding gums, yellow teeth and bad breath. It will also allow enable them to avoid unpleasant comments from teachers and other students.
How long should a child brush their teeth?
It is best to brush your child’s teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning, and again just before they go to bed. Spend a minimum of two minutes brushing, and make sure that a good portion of this time is spent on the back molars as a great deal of buildup can collect there.
Here are a few tooth brushing tips that will come in handy:
- Hard and medium bristled toothbrushes can damage teeth and gums, so use a small toothbrush with soft bristles.
- Use fluoride toothpaste. From six years of age children can use adult toothpaste, but make sure they spit it out when they have finished.
- Children under six need to use special children’s toothpaste.
- Gently and thoroughly brush every tooth and the surrounding gums. It should take about two or three minutes to do them all.
- Dental floss cleans between the teeth, but make sure that your child has had someone show them how to do it properly.
- School children should go to the dentist for regular check-ups, treatment and learn how to look after their teeth properly.
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