Keeping Oral Health of Children
Oral hygiene is very important in children as poor oral hygiene may lead to poor health and other kind of dental diseases. To keep the oral health at its prime, the child should follow all the fundamental steps recommended by your dentist. This avoids the incidence of dental problems like gingivitis, halitosis, tartar and gum diseases. Apart from proper brushing, the other hygienic methods like the right method of flossing and using the mouthwash have to be taught. The American Dental Association even advises the parents to start cleaning their newborn's mouth within few days after birth. It is very important for the clarity of speech and chewing action in the kids.
Parents of young children should start to schedule regular oral health checkups around the first birthday of the child. The baby's gums and teeth can be wiped with a wet washcloth after each meal to help removing plaque that gets accumulated on the gums and teeth. Soft bristle toothbrushes with pea sized fluoridated toothpaste can be used to brush the teeth. Also the child should be taught to spit the toothpaste at a very early age and until then the child should use toothpaste without fluorine. Till the kids are comfortable doing flossing and brushing on their own, the parents should always assist.
The children should be fed with calcium rich foods and supplements along with a good oral hygiene to maintain good oral health of children.
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