Importance Of Good Oral Hygiene In Children

Importance Of Good Oral Hygiene In Children

Posted by Aurora Children's Dentistry on Jun 14 2022, 11:16 PM

Do you know the right age to start taking care of your child's oral health by following good oral hygiene practices? It is as soon as their first tooth appears. Good oral hygiene is important for your child's overall health. Children's teeth are susceptible to decay as soon as they erupt. This decay can spread and cause pain and infection. Keeping your child's teeth healthy from the start can prevent these problems.

Tips to follow good oral hygiene 

Children should learn how to take care of their teeth as early as possible. Children are at risk for tooth decay and cavities, so regular care is necessary. Here are a few tips on how to effectively take care of your child's oral health:

  • Brushing

Your baby's teeth need to be brushed twice a day. This ensures that your baby's teeth stay clean. If your baby's teeth are not kept clean, it can lead to tooth decay or yellowing of the teeth at an early age. It is recommended to brush your baby's teeth as soon as they start to appear in the mouth.

  • Flossing

Children, especially younger ones, may not be as diligent about flossing as their parents. However, flossing is crucial to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Flossing removes the food particles and bacteria that get trapped between teeth. When these substances are not removed, they can actually cause tooth decay.

  • Visit the dentist regularly

It's important that children visit the dentist regularly so a dentist can spot potential problems early. If cavities are spotted early, they can often be treated with a simple filling. It's best to catch cavities early before they get worse. 

  • Fluoride treatments

Fluoride treatments help strengthen tooth enamel, making them more resistant to tooth decay. Fluoride helps teeth by remineralizing the enamel. Enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth. It's what's responsible for protecting your teeth from decay and damage. If enamel is weakened, your teeth are more susceptible to cavities, cracks, and chips. Fluoride treatment can strengthen enamel and reduce the risk of cavities. 

  • Dental sealants

Dental sealants are a plastic material that is applied to chewing surfaces of teeth. The sealant creates a barrier that blocks food and plaque from settling into the teeth. Dental sealants are recommended for all molars and premolars, as the back teeth have uneven surfaces and grooves that are hard to clean.

Benefits of good oral hygiene for children

Good oral hygiene is very important in children. Taking care of your child's teeth helps keep their teeth strong and healthy throughout childhood. Besides, it also helps set them up for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Children who have good oral health habits like brushing and flossing their teeth early on are more likely to continue good oral health habits as they get older.

Visit Aurora Children, 3340 Providence Dr Suite #A552, Anchorage, AK 99508, to know more about good oral hygiene habits. Contact us at (907) 336-1234 or visit our website for online booking.

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