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Can you provide some tips for daily oral care for my child?
One of the most important oral health tips I can provide is to make sure your child brushes and flosses between his or her teeth every day. If your child is too young to brush and floss by himself, spend time helping him brush and floss . Use this time to explain the importance of proper oral hygiene.
Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush and water. Remember that most small children do not have the dexterity to brush their teeth effectively. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants at least once a day at bedtime.
Ensure that older children brush their teeth twice a day, with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of the tooth brush should fit their mouth, allowing them to reach all areas easily. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, which helps protect teeth from decay.
Cleaning between the teeth once a day with floss removes plaque from between the teeth, areas where the toothbrush can't reach. Flossing is essential in preventing gum disease.
By taking care of your child’s teeth, eating a balanced diet and visiting your dentist regularly, your child can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile his entire life. Follow these tips to you’re your child’s teeth and mouth clean:
who have difficulty handling dental floss may prefer to use a flosser,
which is available in most pharmacies.
questions or concerns?