At what age can he use toothpaste? How long does it take to brush your teeth? Which foods promote cavities? Here are some tips to give him good habits as soon as possible!
Inadequate teeth and gums can have serious health consequences for a child to develop good habits from an early age, it is essential to teach him the right things as soon as possible.
At what age can he use toothpaste?
To prevent your child from having cavities, it is important to remove dental plaque that develops on the surface of his teeth. For that, there is no surprise: you have to brush your teeth daily. And as soon as possible. Thus, it is advisable to teach him how to brush his teeth and to teach him good habits of oral hygiene from the age of 2 or 3 years. Before, it is advisable to clean gums and first quenottes with a moist compress. To know: the toothpaste can begin to be used from 2 years, making sure however that your piece of cabbage spits well and does not swallow it. Use an age-appropriate toothbrush with toothpaste the size of a pea. From the age of 4, your child will be able to brush his teeth under your supervision until he is 6 years old. Remember to change your toothbrush every 3 months.
Is dental floss suitable for children?
The answer is yes. In addition to brushing teeth, it is advisable to floss once a day. Use a 50 cm silk thread and gently wipe it back and forth between each tooth. Help your child pass it until he can do it alone (about 10 years). Do not hesitate to ask your dentist how to properly use dental floss.
How to avoid cavities?
Dental caries can occur as soon as the teeth appear in the mouth, that is to say around the age of 6 months. Caries can, as in adults, cause pain in young children. If it is not treated, it can also cause the destruction of the tooth and have, of course, repercussions on the general state of the child (difficulties to eat, undernutrition …), according to the Ufsbd.
Sugars, sodas … If it is essential to brush the teeth of his child every day, it should also avoid giving him regularly and over a long period of sweet drinks (fruit juice, sodas, syrups, milk …) . Bacteria in the mouth feed on the sugars of these drinks and transform them into acids that attack the tooth and form a decay.
Bottle syndrome. The Ufsbd recommends never putting your child to bed with a bottle containing a sweet drink, and if he has a pacifier, never dip it in sugar or honey.
Cavities, it’s contagious! Know also that you should not put the pacifier of his child in your mouth before giving it to him. By doing this, you could indeed transmit the bacteria present in your mouth and thus promote the appearance of cavities.
Know also that we must prioritize a balanced diet (fruits and vegetables, cereals …), and reserve the confectionery at meal times to limit their impact dental.
His first consultation: how to avoid traumatizing him?
The first visit to the dentist must be done within six months after the appearance of the first teeth, but not after the first birthday of your little one. Know that it is better to go there for the first time when there is no dental problem, rather than go in emergency. He could be traumatized! Take your child to the dentist every year. By having dental checkups done early and regularly. you instate good habits that are essential for him to have good oral health.