Preventing tooth decay in children
Healthy habits start early and if you want to avoid tooth decay in children make brushing your child’s teeth a habit even before they get their first tooth. The transition to brushing is made easier if your child is familiarized with a toothbrush early on.
Cavities can appear in all teeth, including your baby’s first tooth. It is your job to make sure that your child does not get cavities. Luckily all it takes is good brushing habits and appropriate oral care to prevent tooth decay in children.
Introduce oral care early on
To make the brushing process as easy as possible when the time comes, for you and your child, start with simple habits. Wipe your baby’s gums with a clean and moist cloth every day. This will help prevent bacteria growth in your baby’s mouth.
When your baby’s first tooth comes in introducing a toothbrush will not be as difficult, as your child is already used to a daily oral routine. Have you found that your child does not want to keep its mouth open? If so, try relaxing your child by placing them on your lap. This will make them feel safe whilst still providing you with access to their mouth.
Another trick is to sing a song. This will not only distract them but also make the 2 minutes of recommended brushing time fly by. Make sure to brush all sides of the teeth to avoid tooth decay.
Fluoride is important for oral hygiene and contributes to making tooth enamel more resistant to acid attacks and helps prevent small cavities. Choose a children’s toothpaste with at least 0,1 percent fluoride (1000 ppm), such as Jordan Kids Toothpaste 0-5 Years or Jordan Junior Toothpaste 6-12 Years.
The recommended amount of toothpaste for a baby under the age of one is a barely visible dot on a baby toothbrush. For those between the age of 1 and 3 the dose can be increased to the size of the child’s pinky. Finally, for children up to the age of 6 the size of a pea is appropriate. For optimal effect it is recommended to avoid rinsing your child’s mouth with water after their teeth are brushed. Additionally, they should avoid eating and drinking for two hours afterwards.
What about flouride tablets?
Discuss with your dentist or dental practitioner before giving your child fluoride tablets, as this may not be necessary. However, those with an increased risk of cavities may require an additional dosage of fluoride to help prevent tooth decay in children.