oral health for children

Back-to-school oral health tips for children and parents

Back-to-school season can get parents and guardians on the edge, and as such many important aspects of a child’s well-being and success such as oral health can involuntarily be left out.

Well, we value the health and overall performance of every child and in this resource – we enumerate a number of important things parents may want to consider in order to help their children gain the most during their learning time at school and most importantly in their overall development.

8 tips for better oral health in children

  • Take your child to the dentist for a cleaning and exam: This is a great way to get their teeth and gums checked for any problems and to make sure they are on track for good oral health plus undisturbed overall development.
  • Make sure your child brushes their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. For children under 2 years of age, do not use fluoride toothpaste. Wipe their teeth and tongue with a soft piece of cotton cloth with warm salty water.
  • Floss your child’s teeth once a day: This helps to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth where brushing can’t reach.
  • Limit your child’s sugary drinks and snacks: Sugary foods and drinks are leading contributors to cavities.
  • Encourage your child to drink water instead of sugary drinks: Water is good for their teeth and overall health. Also, ensure the drinking water is safe and has no excess fluoride levels. In case you live in areas with ‘salty water’, especially borehole water – consider buying purified water or getting a water purifier appliance for your domestic use.
  • Pack healthy snacks for your child’s lunchbox: Avoid sugary snacks and choose fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Set a good example for your child: Children learn a lot by observing. Let them see you brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day.
  • Make brushing and flossing fun. There are many ways to make brushing and flossing fun for kids, such as using a timer, singing songs, or making a game out of it.

How can you help your child love brushing and flossing?

The human mind is a powerful weapon. You have to positively alter your child’s mindset about oral hygiene habits at an early age. If you are having a hard time, follow these tips to see improvements:

  • Get your child a fun toothbrush and toothpaste: They are more likely to brush their teeth if they like their toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Make brushing a family affair: Brush your teeth together as a way to bond and make brushing fun.
  • Talk to your child about the importance of good oral health: Explain how brushing and flossing can help them keep their teeth and gums healthy.

We believe the earlier you take care of your child’s oral well-being, the better. Their social interactions, confidence, and vitality to pursue their dreams are largely shaped by how sound their health is – and oral health is not an exception.

In case you wish to consult with us, book a pediatric dentistry session with our dentists for in-person consultation and further assistance.

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