Published On: Sun, Nov 12th, 2017

How To Teach Young Kids To Maintain Good Oral Cleanliness

Instructing your children about the importance of dental hygiene is a crucial step, indispensable for their well being throughout life. It can eliminate cavities “from the root” and ensure that your children’s teeth look white and don’t fall prematurely. The best way to teach is to lead by example!


You would need the following items
- Soft cloth
- Clean Water
- Toothbrush comfortable for your kid to handle
- Toothpaste with fluoride
- Floss
- Food coloring (preferable red)

How To Teach Young Kids To Maintain Good Oral Cleanliness

For infants (under the age of 3)

As soon as the teeth come piercing out, your duty to clean them pops up. Infants’ teeth should be cleaned daily by using a clean soft cloth. When the junior reaches the age of 2, use water coupled with light amount (the volume of a pea) of fluoride toothpaste. This has dual action of cleaning the teeth and providing relief to the damaged gums during the teething process. The place between intersections of two teeth must be flossed to eliminate hiding places for the bacteria. The US dental association strongly suggests that children must visit the dentist near to their first birthday, as it would be a golden time to spot problems in the initial stages.

For kids (3 to 7 years old)

This is the time when the children should start brushing themselves. Always insist that they brush in circular motion with light strokes, rinsing thoroughly and spitting the water in the sink at the end. Parental supervision is an absolute must till the age of 6-7. Since children love to mimic elder people, this could be made a fun-filled learning activity. Children should be capable of flossing their teeth after the age of 3. Toothbrushes should be replaced periodically (depending on the condition of the bristles) and the new toothbrush procured should be according to the current size of the kid.

Make plaque inspections

It is critical that you regularly monitor the efficiency of your child’s teeth cleaning routines. Plaque, an undesirable substance, is formed when a mixture of food, bacteria and saliva sticks to the teeth. To see the effectiveness, prepare a dilute solution of red food color (3 tablespoons of water and 4 drops of color would do the trick!) and swish in the mouth for at least 10 seconds. Afterwards, spit it out and check visually to see any red spots (retained by the plaque). These should be removed again.

After your child crosses the age of seven, he should have brushing autonomy with frequent visits, by the parents, to see if bad habits haven’t begun. Visits to the dentist, once in 6 months at least, should be high on the family agenda in order to ensure healthy teeth.

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