By: Paul Matthews 

Everyone knows that the foundation for healthy permanent teeth in children and teenagers is basically laid down during their first years of life. Various factors could impact on their teeth development: from diet to wrong habits, let’s see what are the most important ones and how to monitor your children’s dental hygiene.

Habits

When it comes to dental hygiene, everyone should be taught about how important brushing your teeth is. To kids, this could be a bit problematic sometimes, but it is very important to try and let them understand the importance of this process. Everyone should brush his teeth at least twice a day, with a fluoridated toothpaste. If your kids don’t have teeth yet, it’s important to gently brush their gums. Remember, always brush and floss before bedtime!

The Baby Bottle Decay Problem

Sometimes, sugary drinks can be harmful to your kids’ dental health. For example, if you put your infant for a nap with a bottle of juice, the liquid, given his sugary composition, could feed bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Try to limit sugary drinks in general after mealtime and make sure you only give your kids water when they go to bed.

Periodic Checkup

Going for a dental checkup is something that must be done, possibly, once a month, particularly in their early years: having a periodic control over their dental situation and hygiene will require fewer interventions in the future, once their dental complex is fully developed. When scheduling your dental appointments, you should keep in mind that your kids’ dental development could reach an important point when some major actions will be required (braces above all), so do your best to schedule a dental appointment at least once a month.

They Have No Choice On Brushing And Flossing

Especially from age 2/3, you should tell your kids that they have no choice when it comes to brushing and flossing, as it is a daily procedure they must follow. Try to let them choose their toothpaste, as this might ensure their willing to brush and floss their teeth (flavour is something important that could impact on them). Try to do this not as close to bedtime, as it could be hard to convince them once they are super tired. Instead, try to do it after 10/15 minutes once they have finished their meal.

Consider Electric Toothbrushes

Electric toothbrushes are confirmed to be more effective at removing plaque, in particular, the ones which have oscillating heads. Power brushes could be ideal for kids as they may be more likely to brush regularly because of the novelty of using them. Before buying one, it’s a good thing to discuss it with your dentist.

Paul Matthews is a freelance business writer in Manchester, who has headed up several dental implants campaigns. His aim is to better inform business owners and professionals on the hidden dangers of the workplace. You can often find him mountain biking or at the local library.

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