It is a common misconception that teeth “grow” a couple of months after the baby is born. This is wrong. Everybody is born with all their teeth. These teeth are hidden in the gums of the baby’s mouth. After a couple of months, these teeth break through the gums of the baby and start to appear. It is highly necessary to keep in mind to take care of the oral hygiene of the babies even before the teeth break through the gums. After feeding, wipe the gums of your baby using a clean, soft washcloth. These removes any bacteria on your baby’s gums from all the playing around and avoids tooth decay. After the baby’s teeth start to appear use a very mild toothpaste and brush the baby’s teeth twice a day. Use an extra soft and small bristled tooth brush as your baby’s mouth and gums and teeth are extremely sensitive and can be injured with the lightest harsh touch. Make sure to take your baby for regular dental check ups. Schedule the first appointment before the first birthday of your baby.

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Dental hygiene in children

As your baby grows up into a child and then into an adult clean and hygienic dental habit should grow with them. Ensure to teach your child to maintain the perfect oral and dental hygiene and make sure these practices become a habit for them. All the teeth appear before the age of three and these teeth are called baby teeth or the primary teeth. Your child will slowly lose these teeth and grow out permanent teeth over the course of the years. Permanent teeth usually appear by the age of thirteen in your child. Teach your children to use pea-sized amount of toothpaste as too many chemicals can harm the enamel of your child’s baby teeth. Teach your child to brush their teeth for at least 2 minutes, twice every day. Teach them to floss as soon as the teeth start touching each other. Remind your child to pay attention to the back teeth as they are almost often forgotten by the children. Make dental appointments on time and visit the doctor every 6 months.

 

Oral hygiene for preteens

As children grow older, the amount of harmful material exposed to their teeth increase. By the time your child reaches his/her preteens, their permanent teeth are usually in place. Remind your preteen that good oral care will make them look and feel better. Flossing is extremely important at this age as the permanent teeth have already take their place. Remind them to floss every day without fail and to brush their teeth twice every day. If your kid is wearing braces, make sure  to use a power brush.