16 Nov Kids Oral Care: 5 Tips to Take Good Care of Their Small Teeth
The presence of a kid’s first front teeth can excite every parent the same way a kid gets excited
when they lose one (imagine meeting the tooth fairy for the first time!). But of course, this also
means – more responsibility for both the parent and the kid.
Kids can be very stubborn when it’s time for brushing before bed and often put up a fight
thinking their cuteness overload will dominate. But adults know better than to cave into these
tantrums and puppy-dog eyes. We, as adults, must put our foot down and teach our kids to
take good care of their small teeth – even if it means we have to deal with noisy meltdowns.
We’ve made it extra easy for parents out there by summarizing the top 5 tips they must do in
making sure their children’s small teeth are in tip-top shape.
1. Get Rid of the Pacifier
Aside from piping kids down when they’re extra cranky, pacifiers also offer many benefits such
as decreasing the possible presence of cavities from a non-nutritive bottle or breast sucking.
However, the cons outweigh the pros in this section. Pacifiers will have a huge impact on how
the teeth will line up so it’s best to get rid of them at an early age. A good rule of thumb is to
never let them use one past the age of three. The consequences of kids on pacifiers past age
four are possibilities of over biting or cross biting which often lead to orthodontic issues.
2. Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when sugar-laden drinks stick to your kid’s teeth. This will open
a nesting ground for bacteria that can live on sugar. Some milk, formula, or even fruit juices are
the greatest culprits of baby bottle tooth decay. Of course, we’re not saying to stop feeding
your child! That would be downright foolish, don’t you think? But there are a couple of things
you can do to avoid baby bottle tooth decay:
• Make sure to wipe the gums after feeding with a clean cloth
• Massage the areas without teeth
• Don’t let them fall asleep with a bottle containing liquid other than water
• Don’t let them drink soda or any sugary drinks for that matter
• Never dip a pacifier in syrup
• Reduce the sugar in your kid’s meals altogether
3. Brush Your Child’s Teeth Regularly
This is a golden rule for both kids and adults. But for kids, the kind of toothbrush should be
different. Use a soft-bristled brush and brush their teeth twice daily. You must also never forget
to brush their teeth after they eat sweets (we all know kids will do anything for candies). In case
you’re still in a pickle about using a fluoride toothpaste as early 12 months – the answer is no.
Make sure you choose a kid-friendly fluoride toothpaste when your kid turns two and can spit
it. Last but not least, ensure you give their teeth a thorough brushing for two minutes by
holding the brush at a 45-degree angle and gently stroking the front and back surface of the
teeth and gum lines.
4. Floss at the Right Time
Once your child’s teeth start to grow closer together, you must start flossing them too. This
usually happens between the ages two to six. Teach them to floss after each meal and after
eating sweets as well. They might not be able to do it properly so it’s important to guide them
while doing this. Start them young, they say.
5. Start Dental Checkups on Your Kid’s First Birthday
Practicing good habits early will teach your kids that prevention is better than cure. Bring your
child to the dentist on his first birthday and visit regularly onwards. A dentist will be able to see
telltale signs of cavities or decay, so early onset can still be circumvented. Also, going to the
dentist early and in an enjoyable way will prevent dentophobia in the future.
These are easy and effective ways to ensure your kid’s dental care is taken care of. It’s your role
as parents to instill good dental practices and let them know that dentists are friends and not