HOME CARE TIPS FOR KIDS TO
PROTECT THEIR DENTAL HEALTH
Tooth decay is a bacterial
disease...just like hand-washing can help prevent the spread of disease,
brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist regularly can help prevent
tooth decay caused by dental disease.+
We would like to help you do a great job in the daily care of your
children's teeth. Preventive care of their teeth is a daily job the day
they are born. Here is what you can do:
Clean your baby's gums with a clean, damp
cloth or let them "chew" or teethe on a clean, damp cloth
When the first tooth makes its grand
appearance you can start brushing it with a small, soft toothbrush that has
a tiny dab of fluoridated toothpaste
Wean your child off the bottle by one year of
age to prevent baby bottle tooth decay due to sucking on a bottle. To
much sucking on pacifiers, fingers or thumbs may cause their teeth to
Give them an infant toothbrush to teethe on
Apple dental sealants
to help prevent decay. Sealants are clear protective
coatings applied to the teeth in the back of the mouth
where nearly 84% of childhood cavities occur.
NEVER give your child a bottle of milk,
juice, pop or sweetened drinks like Kool-Aid at bedtime or naptime. If
you must give them something to drink during these times use fluoridated
When your child is 12 months old,
you can begin using a pea size dab of toothpaste. Be sure to
press the toothpaste into the bristles of their brush so they won't
eat the toothpaste!
Help your child to floss.
ALWAYS brush and floss
at night, it is the most
important time to brush because this is the time their salivary flow
is low which can lead to a higher risk of plaque
better brush with them, the best learning can occur through watching
To many adults have
oral health problems, and most can be traced to poor habits acquired in childhood*
Let them brush their teeth first and you can
do some follow-up brushing on the areas they miss. Most children can
brush their own teeth by age of five if they have had good brushing
instructions by their parents and dentist
Establish good oral health habits
Let them pick out a favorite toothbrush and
toothpaste to help motivate them to brush.
When the gaps
between your child's teeth close, it is important
to start flossing.
Keep children away from mouthwash,
mouthwash ingestion by small children can be dangerous, even lethal.
Most mouthwashes contain alcohol, often 30% or more, and small children
can not tolerate it due to their small size.
Serve a as good
role model by practicing good oral health care
Check your child's mouth for any
signs of gum disease, bleeding gums, swollen and bright red gums, or
receding gums and bad breath.
Make sure your child has a balanced
diet. Insufficient levels of calcium and vitamin C may
make your child more susceptible to periodontal
Educate your child on the health
risks of using tobacco products
at a young age.*
Check Your Child's Brushing
Listerine has introduced Agent Cool Blue© mouth rinse. It has a chemical in
it that identifies the bacterial buildup that we call plaque.
Here’s how it works: after brushing (and, for those old enough to do it,
flossing), you rinse with Agent Cool Blue. Any area you missed will show a
blue stain. Brush and floss away the stain, and you get the areas you were
missing. If you suspect that your child is trying to pull a fast one on
you by brushing quickly and poorly, a surprise post-brushing inspection
with Agent Cool Blue will reveal the truth.
check-ups, beginning by the age of one, and preventive dental care will
provide your child with "smile" insurance.
Routine dental exams uncover problems that
can be treated in the early stages, when damage is minimal and restorations
may be small.
and learn about:
Surgeon General's Report
states: More than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental related
+Dentistry Today September 2003
*Dentistry Today. March 2001 pg 30
~Dental Economics Feb 2001 pg 70
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