Establishing good habits at a very young ageis the first step towards healthy teeth, the whole life through.I will talk about two habits that are crucial for keeping the child’s teeth healthy, thatis, the intake of food and beverages and good cleaning routines. Here’s some tips andadvice on eating and drinking. I would say that the most important thingis healthy eating. It’s about what we eat and how often, and also about avoiding sugarysnacks and beverages. In many parts of the world sugar-sweetened beverages representthe majority of added sugars consumed by children. A frequent sugar intake, whether it’s foodor drink, causes numerous acid attacks, and makes it easier for cavities to develop. Theteeth need to rest between food or drink intakes And of course,it’s not a good idea to let babies and toddlers go to bed with a bottle of milk or juice.Water is by far the best beverage when you are thirsty.
No more than 5-6 intakes of food and drink per day is my recommendation So lets talk about good oral hygiene routines Primary teeth are just as important aspermanent teeth. Some parents may think that they don’t need to take good care of thetoddler’s teeth - reasoning that ” the primary teeth are only in the mouth for someyears”. But primary teeth are placeholders for the future permanent teeth and takingcare of the primary teeth is the best way to establish good habits from the very firsttooth. My advice is to brush twice a day, in the morning and at night just before bedtime.An adult needs to assist the child So when brushing, place the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle against the gumline, where gums and teeth mee / dentist fairfieldt.
Brush with small movements and a light pressure. Brush the inside, the outside andthe biting surfaces – on every tooth! Many parents ask me about toothpaste. Use avery small amount of toothpaste with fluoride for children. For a child under 2years of age, the amount should be no bigger than a grain of rice. Children from 2 to 6years of age may use the amount of fluoride toothpaste that corresponds to the size oftheir little finger nail. Some children may need extra fluoride to strengthen their teeth.Please consult your dental professional for advice.In the TePe range you’ll find brushes for all ages and needs. Bright colours and niceprints make toothbrushing more fun. TePe’s toothbrushes for children have extra softor soft, gentle filaments and a small, tapered brush head which makes it easier to cleanthe back teeth.
And as you can see, the handle fits a small hand,but it also suits the adult helping the child to brush. Don’t forget that most childrenneed help brushing until the age of 10. The evening routine is extra important.Sometimes you need more than a regular toothbrush. This dense, dome-shaped brush, Compact tuft,is perfect for cleaning emerging teeth and biting surfaces. And it’s a brush that suitsall ages! The first permanent molar will appear when the child is 6 years. It emerges rightbehind the last primary tooth at the back of the mouth, so it can be difficult to spot.The Compact tuft brush is a a perfect complementary brush for cleaning all emerging teeth. Itis important to clean new teeth since they are more sensitive to caries. The primaryteeth are successively replaced by the permanent teeth from around 6 to 13 years of age. Perhaps you’ll get a question about interdentalcleaning for children… I would say that it is usually not recommended to start cleaningbetween teeth until in the late teens.
One option is to use TePe’s Dental tape whichis coated with natural beeswax and flavoured with natural ingredients. However, most peoplefind the Mini Flosser easier to handle. Insert the floss by biting gently onto the bite planeand then gently move the floss along each tooth surface.Another very useful product is PlaqSearch, a chewing tablet that discloses plaque. Youcan use it at home to check if you have done a good job brushing your teeth. As you cansee, this person needs to brush more thoroughly! The red colour shows new plaque and blue colourshows plaque older than 12 hours. It is safe to use for children when they are old enoughto be able to rinse and spit out, which is usually around the age of five. The childshould of course be supervised by an adult. Thank you for listening to Oral care for kids& teens. If you want to learn more, you can download the pharmacist’s guide. I inviteyou to continue browsing our other videos and materials on oral health – and to keepsharing!