Children’s oral hygiene, instructions and when to start

D.a recent study by Key-Stone for Curasept, a leading Italian oral care company, shows that for 39% of dental hygienists children’s oral hygiene has deteriorated over the past two years.

Blame it on the pandemic? Not only. On the quay, inconsistent hygiene, improper use of chemical and mechanical tools and excessive consumption of sugary foods and cariogenic foods. Covid has also made its contribution to reducing the use of the dentist.

Children’s oral hygiene: how to improve it

The summer holidays can then be the right occasion to … settle down. At a time when children are less stressed by commitments, schedules and deadlines, they can acquire new habits without stress that they will never give up again.

Elisabetta Canalis' daughter explains to the children why it is important to brush their teeth

Summer fruits and vegetables, friends of the teeth

It is well known that foods rich in sugar are bad for the teeth because the bacteria responsible for caries live on sugar. But how long fruit is generally sugary, non-acidic fruits such as watermelon, melon, peach and apricot are considered acariogenic and you can eat it in peace. Likewise, they are excellent hunger-breakers crispy vegetables (eg carrot
and pepper), but also dried fruit, yoghurt and milk.

Children’s oral hygiene? A game

Starting with the tools, children’s oral hygiene can become a breeze: toothbrush and toothpaste can be chosen by the child himself (of course, aimed at those who are suitable for age). Colored, in a beloved taste, they can help.

Oral hygiene for children, 3 foolproof tricks

Among the tricks that can be used to make the cleaning last as long as necessary, pair it with a two-minute song. Until it’s over, he brushes himself!

It can also be useful to hang a colored board in the bathroom: the little one can score and draw every time he completes the “dentini mission” (twice a day for two minutes). And at the end of e.g. will receive a reasonable reward for the effort for an entire month.

Finally, there is nothing that works better with small than giving the good example and brush teeth with your parents.

Mother and baby brush teeth

Brushing your teeth together is a good idea – a good example helps! (photo from the press office)

When to start?

Cleaning is recommended the mucous membranes of the newborn even before the appearance of the first teeth, after breastfeeding. Simply use a sterile gauze wrapped around your finger to gently pass over the baby’s gums.

From the appearance of the first tooth, about 6-8 months, parents should use a toothbrush of the appropriate size with very soft brushes and a minimal amount of fluoride toothpaste (as much as a grain of rice).

To deal with the pain due to the birth of the teeth there are special bites and gel which provide relief, even in this case it is advisable that they are sugar free, preferably with natural ingredients.

From 3 years they can do it on their own

From 3 years onwards the amount of toothpaste can be increased reaches the maximum dose (as much as a pea). Children can brush their teeth on their own (in the morning, after breakfast and before bedtime, for at least two minutes), with specific brushes for 3-6 years, but adult supervision is helpful. It may be helpful to suggest making small circular motions. When the parent brushes the child’s teeth, it is best to let the child rest his head and use good lighting. It is also important to brush the margins between the tooth and the gums by tilting the brush approx. 45 °.

The first dental visit? It should be done around 18/24 months.

From 5 years, just like adults

Usually around 5-6 years of age, manual skills are sufficient to learn how to brush teeth from gums to teeth. When the child is able to spit mouthwash. Following a suggestion from the dentist as well dental floss.

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Which toothpaste for children’s oral hygiene?

From six months, the national guidelines for oral health promotion recommend the use of toothpaste containing at least 1000 ppm fluorine and with a low RDA (Relative Dentin Abrasivity), under 30, precisely so as not to cause damage to the enamel, which protects the teeth from cariogenic substances.

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