I know some parents who think that it’s alright if their kids don’t brush their baby teeth as much as they should because they’re going to drop out anyway. However, did you know that if our kids’ baby teeth decay, there’s a higher chance for their adult teeth to get decayed as well?
The bacteria on our kids’ baby teeth could form an abscess in-between the baby and adult teeth, and as the adult teeth push out, those bacteria will get front row seats to attacking their adult teeth! Aside from having their adult teeth be assaulted by decay causing bacteria, children with bad teeth also face the problem of crooked teeth when their adult teeth surface.
Having crooked teeth could also affect their pronunciation when they’re learning how to speak. Now these are issues that will probably lead to increased spending as your child gets older – dentist visits are painful to us both physically and financially!
An Aching Problem
The moment our kids enrol into primary school, more than half of them have at least one rotten tooth. Now that’s a scary fact. A 2014 report on the oral health of school kids discovered that children with cavities (dental caries) at the age of seven had gone up from 47.6 percent in 2003, to 50.6 percent in 2013. In a Straits Times article this year, they’ve stated that 38.4 percent of pre-schoolers have severe childhood decay!
The Health Promotion Board (HPB) started introducing oral care programmes to pre-primary kids in hopes of bettering their knowledge of proper dental care – how to brush their teeth and the types of foods to avoid eating too much.
Like our parents used to say: “Don’t eat too many sweets or your teeth will fall out!” And that’s definitely true, as teeth decaying bacteria thrive in a sugary environment; the bacteria in the mouth use sugar from foods and drinks to produce acids that dissolve and damage the teeth.
Caring For Your Baby’s Teeth
Even before baby’s first teeth pop out, you should keep their gums clean – use some gauze or a soft and wet washcloth to do so when you’re giving them a bath. All you need to do is wrap the cloth around your index finger and gently rub their gums, and make sure not to use toothpaste! Doing this during their bath time should build up a habit that’ll make it easier for them to pick up brushing their teeth.
As your child’s first teeth pop out at around 6 months, you’ll have to help them brush those teeth (as they won’t have the dexterity to do it themselves yet). What you’ll need to do are:
Teaching Your Child How To Brush Their Teeth
When your child is around 2 to 3 years old, they should be able to brush their own teeth! It’s best if you still help them to brush their teeth at first, just to show them the proper way to do it:
Here’s a tip to help your child get used brushing their teeth – sing them a song that’s around 2-3 minutes long! That song will (hopefully) become the song that plays in their head while they’re brushing, and it’ll get them used to the duration to brush!
The Proper Protection For Good Oral Health
Learning how to brush their teeth is important for your children, and of equal importance is the type of toothpaste that we select for them. Elgydium has a range of toothpastes that are specifically formulated to protect baby teeth from decay. They contain:
Their toothpastes for children 2 to 6 years contain 250ppm of fluoride, the right quantity for baby teeth; for children 7 to 12 years, they contain 1000ppm for their first few permanent teeth; and for 12 years onwards, they contain 1500ppm to give them the best protection throughout their teenage and adult years.
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