Paediatric dentistry

oral hygiene

Paediatric dentistry

• Detailed oral hygiene instructions

Children’s hands and mouths are different than adults. We give detailed instructions according to the age of the child and his/hers special oral condition.

Some basic instruction everybody needs to know are:

Children need to use toothbrushes designed for them. Both adults and children should use brushes with soft, rounded bristles for gentle cleaning. Change to a new brush about every three months.

Wipe infant’s teeth gently with a moist, soft cloth or gauze square. As babies grow, use a child’s toothbrush with a small, pea-sized dab of fluoride free toothpaste. By age 2 or 3 begin to teach your child to brush. You will still need to brush where they miss. Dentists and hygienists often advise children to use a gentle, short, back and forth motion to remove plaque.

Hold the brush at an angle (45 degrees) towards teeth and gums. Move brush back and forth with short strokes, about a half tooth wide.

• Brush the inside and outside surfaces of each tooth, top and bottom.

• Hold the brush flat on top of the teeth and brush the chewing surfaces.

• Gently brush the tongue to remove debris.

• Floss between teeth daily

Begin brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they erupt into the mouth. For most toddlers, getting them to brush their teeth can be quite a challenge. Here are some suggestions for making tooth brushing less of a battle include:

• Let your child brush your teeth at the same time.

• Let your child pick out a few toothbrushes with your child’s favorite characters and give your child a choice of which one he or she wants to use each time (this will give your child some feeling of control over the situation).

• Let your child brush his or her own teeth first (you will likely have to “help out”).

• Read some children’s books about tooth brushing.

• Have everyone brush their teeth at the same time.

• To help your child understand the importance of brushing, let him eat or drink something that will ‘stain’ his teeth temporarily, and then let him brush them clean.

• Create a ‘tooth brushing routine’ and stick to the same routine every day.

Good Diet = Healthy Teeth

Healthy eating habits lead to healthy teeth. Like the rest of the body, the teeth, bones and the soft tissues of the mouth need a well-balanced diet. Children should eat a variety of foods from the five major food groups. Avoid snacks and products with sugar that lead to cavity formation like hard candy and breathe mints that stay in the mouth a long time. For snacks choose nutritious foods such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat cheese, which are healthier and better for children’s teeth.

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