We all wish kids came with a user manual; it would take out much of the improvisation that comes with parenting. But your kids are individuals, and as such, have their own needs. Luckily, when it comes to oral health, there are a few guidelines that simplify the process of teaching your little ones about tooth care.
You might wonder if your disciplinary methods are working, or how to instil common manners, but good oral hygiene can actually consist in this handy parent guide to children's teeth:
Babies and Toddlers
Most babies start teething around six months of age, which is when oral health should be a priority. According to the Indian Dental Association it is important to clean your baby’s mouth in the first few days after birth. You can do that by wiping the gums using a clean washcloth or moist gauze pad. In most cases, the first four front-side teeth develop when your child is around 6 months of age. For children older than 2 years, brush their teeth with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. If your baby balks at a strong mint flavour, try something milder, which has a mild fruit flavor and is fluoride-free for young, sensitive mouths.
Don't forget that your child should have his first dentist appointment by his first birthday.
"I can do it myself!" might as well be the motto for pre-schoolers everywhere. As your once-toddler grows into a curious pre-schooler, it's the ideal time to encourage healthy oral habits. They may even look forward to brushing, so build on that enthusiasm: Let your child pick out a new toothbrush and a great-tasting toothpaste. Kids that take the lead are more likely to make daily brushing a personal habit.
Even though your pre-schooler might want to fly solo when it comes to brushing and flossing, you'll still need to supervise their technique and help ensure that the teeth are cleaned at least twice daily.