Part of taking care of your children includes making sure they brush their teeth at the right time. Brushing your teeth can prevent serious damage to the teeth and gums, but some children may be hesitant to actually pick up their toothbrush. Taking the time to talk to your children about why they should properly brush after a meal is a great way to improve their dental health.
When cleaning your teeth, you should always make sure to apply enough pressure to get small bits of food off of your teeth. Built-up dental plaque can lead to cavities and gum disease over time.
By using an electric toothbrush, children can improve their accuracy in removing plaque and reduce the potential of damaging their teeth by accidentally overbrushing. The best way to brush is to be firm but gentle enough that you avoid irritating your gums or causing tooth abrasions.
Children may try to delay or skip brushing their teeth so often that it can lead to more than just cavities. In some cases, lack of brushing can lead to tartar buildup on their gums that only a dental cleaning can remove. Explain to your kids that the effects of not brushing your teeth may not become apparent until you are older.
Leaving the residue from sugary foods on teeth for too long can allow bacteria to multiply and eventually cause cavities. However, children should not brush immediately after eating acidic foods because doing so can damage their tooth enamel. Wait an hour or so after consuming anything acidic, such as orange juice, before brushing.
Although the idea of cleaning and brushing your teeth twice a day may seem overwhelming at first, children can easily learn how to create great habits that will last through adulthood. Contact Pediatric Dental Group to find out more about cleanings and how to keep your children's teeth strong.