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While teaching your kids all the good habits, good oral habits also play important and healthy part for them. This means helping them brushing twice a day, showing them proper way of doing it and visiting your dentist regularly.
Taking care of teeth of kids is very important right from the time when they start teething. Poor diet, poor eating habits and poor tooth brushing habits in the early years may lead to tooth decay in children.
How to keep your Kid’s teeth clean?
Its always better to supervise your kids when they are brushing their teeth. Its even better if you can do the same along so that they can see the right way to do it.
How to help a child if he fusses while brushing?
· Persuade, but do not force him/ her to open the mouth for brushing so that it doesn’t look like a threatening process.
· Try some character tooth brush that your kids love or admire. There are plenty available in the market.
· If still doesn’t work, try keeping a set of tooth brushes of different colours and encourage them to select any of their choice to brush at that time. This actually worked for me for my little daughter.
· Praise and encourage them while they try doing it on their own and do it yourself once they are not much reluctant to it.
· You can even try singing their Pre-school rhyme, ‘Brush, Brush, Brush your teeth, Brush them everyday.. Father Mother Brother Sister… Brush them Everyday’
Some quick recommendations for healthy teeth:
· Avoid giving your kids a bottle in the night before sleeping as the liquid can pool in the mouth that may lead to tooth decay.
· Avoid giving too much packed juices or sugary drinks that could lead to cavities
· Do not share the spoons or folks with your toddlers to avoid passing on the saliva that has cavity- causing bacteria.
· Snack time should be limited to only once or twice between the meals, again with less of sweats.
Foods that should be added in Kid’s diet for healthy teeth:
· Dairy: Dairy products being rich in Calcium content are good for healthy teeth. Milk and cheese also help to neutralize the acid produced by plaque bacteria in your mouth. Milk and cheese also are low in sugar, high in protein, and contain calcium, which are all great for dental health.
· Lean meat, poultry, fish and eggs: These foods contain phosphorus, which, along with calcium, keep tooth enamel strong by re-mineralizing teeth.
· Fruits and Vegetables: Water content in fruits balance their natural sugar content. Also, it helps stimulating the flow of saliva that helps to clean teeth by washing away food particles and acids that can harm the teeth. Apples, carrots, celery, and other fibrous/low acid foods actually cleanse the surface of the teeth as you chew, which brushes some bacteria away. Chewing these foods can also dislodge newly formed plaque.
· Vitamin C, which is especially high in strawberries and kiwi, is also important for gum tissue health.
· Nuts: Being crunchy, nuts also stimulate the flow of saliva. Protein content in nuts strengthens the teeth. Nuts also contain polyunsaturated fatty acids which may prevent gum disease.
And, most importantly, do not forget to visit the Dentist regularly. Help your kid be friendly with the dentist to learn more and more good oral hygiene and best tips for taking care of their healthy teeth.