- by Dr. Punyatoya Sahoo
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- Jan 24 2018
Importance of oral hygiene in children
Maintaining a healthy oral hygiene during the formative years is important and beneficial for children. Dental care during the start ensures healthy and structured permanent teeth development in the future. Monitoring your child’s dental routine can ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth when they enter adulthood.
- Teach them how to brush initially and then just monitor as they do it from scratch on their own. Ensure they brush at least twice a day, once in the morning and then before bed at night.
- If your baby is still using a feeding bottle, ensure it does not go to sleep while feeding because some of the milk or fruit juice still remains in the mouth and the teeth soaks in it. This means the sugars work their way and begin tooth decay.
- It is important to regulate sugar intake and keep it minimum as bacteria are very quick to convert the sugar into enamel-destructive acid.
- A good amount of regular water intake provides required fluoride content that helps in fighting tooth decay. However, too much fluoride can be harmful for the enamel causing fluorosis. This causes white flecks on the teeth, staining and pitting.
- Oral hygiene should start from the day that small pearly white appearance is made. Take some grain sized tooth paste on a soft bristled brush and clean your baby’s mouth everyday.
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