Every parents knows the struggle, and most go through it twice a day. You just want to help them lead a clean, healthy life, but they don’t want it. And you end up expending way too much energy on what should be a two-minute task. Yes, we all know the struggle of getting kids to brush their teeth. It may be a huge pain, but making sure little ones have a properly cared-for mouth is a must, according to these tips from our friends at Colgate.
- Brush twice a day. For many kids, it’s a miracle to get in even one brushing a day, but that probably won’t cut it. Children need to have their teeth cleaned in the morning to get rid of any chemicals or germs that may have settled overnight (and bad breath!) and before bed so that sugar and food from the day don’t sit for several hours. Some pediatric dentists may recommend even a third brushing for children with strong enamel.
- Floss. As soon as a child has a full set of teeth, it is time to begin flossing. Don’t be alarmed if this causes mild bleeding for a week or two while the gums adjust, this is natural and in some cases may be a result of a mild infection. Just be gentle and continue to floss every day.
- Use fluoride with children. It is important to make sure that your child’s toothpaste contains fluoride in order to strengthen the teeth. Some children’s toothpastes leave out this important ingredient, so you may need to consider switching brands or using an adult paste. Further, you should check with your water supplier to make sure your drinking water is fluoridated. If not, talk to a doctor or dentist to see if a supplement is needed.
- Visit the dentist. Don’t be scared. Introducing children to the dentist’s office at a young age will help to combat any developing fears and allow for a professional cleaning and check up. Most dentists recommend a cleaning twice a year, and this is reflected in most dental insurance plans.
- Consult a dentist or pharmacist when you have questions about your child’s dental health. These are medical professionals trained to keep teeth clean and mouths healthy. Either of these doctors can provide recommendations on products and practices to keep your child’s smile happy.
Article by Jase Lucas / Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Byrd-Watson