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The Importance of Child Dental Care

August 28 2019 by Refresh Dental

The Importance of Child Dental Care - Refresh Dental

Your child’s dental hygiene is of utmost importance. Did you know that 1 in every 10 children actively suffers from a cavity by the time they reach the age of 2? A child’s poor dental habits not only takes a huge toll on the child’s teeth, but can also lead to a string of adverse effects on their gums and overall oral health, as well.

Fortunately, there are a few easy steps you can take to help your child when it comes to preventative dental care:

1. Understanding Primary Dentition and Prevention of Disease

Primary teeth start to erupt in children from the age of six months. (Infant oral health exams for your child should be discussed with your doctor.) If your child is not brushing their teeth before sleeping, germs and bacteria from the inside of their mouths can transform into painful gums and cause tooth decay rapidly over time. Clean saliva helps to keep oral hygiene in check, especially throughout the night.

Children under 3 years of age should have their teeth brushed by an adult; but they should begin to brush their teeth on their own by the age of 6. It is helpful for you to check in with your child every night to remind them about brushing their teeth before going to bed.

2. Choosing the Right Toothbrush

The ideal toothbrush for your child should be small and soft, with rounded bristles for gentle brushing. Old toothbrushes with damaged bristles can potentially hurt your child's gums. For optimum results, you should also replace old toothbrushes with new ones at least once every 3 to 4 months.

3. Choosing the Right Toothpaste

4. Toothbrushing Training

Children from 3 to 6 years of age should always be supervised and assisted by an adult when brushing their teeth:

  1. The toothbrush should be held at a 45-degree angle to the teeth and the bristles should run between your teeth and your gums.
  2. Brush in a gentle, circular motion. Clean every surface of every tooth, and avoid scrubbing.
  3. Be sure to also gently glaze over where the gums meet the teeth for a thorough cleaning.

5. How to Help Your Child Floss

  1. Wrap a string of floss (the length of your child’s arm) between your index fingers.
  2. The floss should slide in between where your teeth meet your gums. Lightly tug the floss in and out of your child’s teeth until it is clear.
  3. Be sure to leave no teeth left unflossed.
  4. Never flush floss down the toilet; always discard into a garbage disposal.

Refresh Dental is Here for You

If you have any other questions about your child’s dental care, Refresh Dental is here to help. Please feel free to contact us by phone 1-780-705-5557 or through our website’s live chat support line to speak with one of our representatives today.

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