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“Stand tall and smile bright” is a popular saying. You may often wonder what secrets make that smile bright. The most beautiful people are the ones who add a sparkle in life with their beautiful smile. The healthier the teeth, the beautiful the smile will be. But to get that perfect teeth and gums, parents should take proper child dental care from the very beginning. Your kid’s dental care starts even when the baby is not born. When you are pregnant, a balanced and nutritious diet and adequate amount of minerals and vitamins are needed for the child’s first teeth. Let us discuss with you in details of how to take care of your little one after he or she is about 6 months of age.
Passing on good oral habits to your kids is one of the best means to teach them about oral health. A regular cleaning routine can help their teeth to remain decay free. Strong and healthy teeth of course help in chewing food better and they also keep the vocal chords clear and free from any infection.
Few tips to follow regularly
Cleaning teeth: Parents need to supervise when to start cleaning the baby’s teeth. Start to clean them as soon as they appear and for that, use a small and soft toothbrush. Ask your kids to brush the teeth twice a day in the morning and before going to sleep at night. Guide your child to follow proper brushing techniques and make them feel the correct movements. Make them brush for at least 2 minutes so that they can prevent cavities.
Toothpaste: It is also important for parents to choose the right kind of toothpaste for young children. Since they do not have skills to fully clean their mouth and teeth, a good toothpaste that contains at least 1000 ppm fluoride should be used. It can help to remove plaque which is the sticky film on teeth that causes tooth decay. Teach your children to spit out the paste after using it.
Food items: Parents should take care of what children eat or drink. Food that contains sugar can mix with the bacteria in the mouth to make a mild acid. This acid often harms the outer layer of the teeth and creates holes or cavities in the teeth. Starchy foods like biscuits or candies often remain in the child’s mouth for a long time which may cause damage. Your job is not to stop your child from eating, but to keep their teeth clean. A balanced diet that contains lots of calcium can help in developing strong and healthy teeth.
A visit to the dentist: Experts recommend that your kid should see a dentist by his or her first birthday. A dental exam on a regular basis can help identifying problem areas early and start treatments if needed.
If you want that beautiful smile on your child’s face, then teach them to follow a regular dental care.