Oral Care for Children (via @MissiNewsRoom)

2 Jan

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Teaching your children proper oral hygiene habits is an important part of their overall health.  Healthy baby teeth guide the permanent teeth into proper positioning, and strong teeth and gums ensure a child can speak, chew and eat properly.  A healthy and bright smile also inspires confidence in their appearance and self worth.

The first introduction to oral care should happen even before the first tooth peeks out of a baby’s gummy smile.  “Normally we recommend new moms to dip a soft cotton cloth in water and run it along the baby’s gum line and tongue,” advises Balbir Sohi, Registered Dental Hygienist and owner of Great Smiles Mobile Dental Hygiene Care.  “This prevents yeast infections developing from the white coating of milk on their tongue.”   Chewing on a cool wet cloth will also ease a teething baby’s discomfort.  When the first teeth have broken through the gums, continue cleaning with the cloth or a small soft toothbrush dipped in water.

When the child turns two, a pea-sized amount of age-appropriate toothpaste can be added to the toothbrush.  Teeth should be brushed twice a day, paying particular attention to the back molars, a hot spot for cavities.  “Parents should supervise their younger children to make sure they’re brushing properly,” advises Sohi.  “Using coloured mouthwash that highlights the areas that was missed is a good tool for better brushing techniques.”

Even though they will all fall out by the teen years, baby teeth are still important to keep healthy.  “A cavity or infection in a baby tooth can travel to the root,” explains Sohi.  “Unhealthy baby teeth may need to be pulled, causing spacing issues for the the permanent adult teeth.”  Regular trips to a dental professional will ensure that your child doesn’t have any oral health issues, and they will develop healthy hygiene practices that will guide them through the rest of their lives.

Source: http://www.mississauga.com/shopping-story/4627651-oral-care-for-children/

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