A British study recently revealed that one in 10 children in the United Kingdom leaves primary (kindergarten through age 11) school without knowing how to properly brush their teeth. As a result of the study, the U.K.’s Oral Health Foundation is working to improve focus on improving how children practice oral hygiene. The study shines a spotlight on the oral health of children in the United States, too.
We believe that taking care of the teeth from even infancy is critical and helps to establish a good foundation for future oral health, which can translate to tooth retention. Seeing the dentist early also allows issues with jaw growth, bite and the airway to be identified. This means a chance for early intervention and correction—which could reduce the risk of complications such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), sleep apnea and bite malocclusion.
While we are here for your child’s orthodontic needs, the health of your child’s mouth and teeth is the most important thing to us!
How Can You Help Your Child to Take Care of Their Teeth?
It’s easy to tell you to take care of your child’s teeth, but that can be easier said than done, especially when little kids don’t love brushing. But, here are a few tips that can help:
Start brushing early. We recommend doing so when you see their first tooth appear. You can use a soft-bristled brush and a tiny bit of toothpaste. It’s okay to use toothpaste with fluoride if you choose.
Brush more easily. We recommend sitting behind your child with your hand on their chin. This allows you to reach their top and bottom teeth more easily.
Brush correctly. Did you know that you hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush in small, circular motions? We recommend that you focus on one quadrant of the mouth at a time. Don’t forget to brush on the inside of the teeth—this is the most commonly missed spot! Don’t forget to clean the gums and the tongue, too!
Don’t forget. We recommend that you teach your child to spit out toothpaste versus swallowing it and that you do not let them rinse so that fluoride stays on their teeth.
Make it a family affair. Making brushing a family routine! We also recommend that you keep that routine at the same time each day. We like brushing before bed and after breakfast. Ideally, you should brush at
least twice per day and floss at least once per day to help remove the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
We want to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life. We’d love to talk to you about your smile, bite health, airway concerns and more. Call Face ForWARD Orthodontics today at 214-304-8485 to schedule an orthodontic consultation.