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Dental Hygiene: How to Care for Your Child’s Teeth

It’s no secret that most children have a sweet tooth. This means that parents are constantly fighting to minimize sugar intake while ensuring their children do receive treats from time to time. It’s a difficult balance but an important one.

You’ve only got to look at the facts to know that you need to do more to look after your child’s teeth. It’s estimated that one in ten children have cavities or are missing teeth.

You need to make sure your child understands and implements good oral hygiene procedures.

The Right Dentist

Good tooth care actually starts with a good dentist. You’ll find it beneficial to use someone who is practicing holistic dentistry. This means they are doing more than looking at the state of your teeth, they are looking at your overall health and prescribing the best possible care for both in one package.

Remind Them

Children are very good at ‘forgetting’ things they don’t want to do, and there is generally little appeal in brushing their teeth. However, building a good dental routine while they are young isn’t just a good way to stop childhood cavities, it will also help throughout their lives.

In other words, remind your children on a daily basis to brush their teeth and make sure they do it.

Using Toothpaste

Toothpaste helps to remove bacteria and other nasties inside your child’s mouth. However, you can’t just use toothpaste, you also need to adopt the right brushing motion. The best approach is to only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.

This can then be brushed around tour teeth, making sure you brush all of them in the process. It should take at least 2-3 minutes to brush all your teeth.

Brush Right

Brushing is important but you can overdo this. When you’re brushing your teeth you need to cover all the teeth and where they join the gum line. However, you don’ need to brush too hard, if you do you may damage the gum line which increases the tooth’s exposure and makes tooth decay more likely.

While brushing it’s a good idea to do the tongue as well, this will help to wipe any bacteria off your tongue and keep your mouth healthy.


Children don’t generally need to start flossing until their teeth start to touch each other. However, you don’t need to wait to introduce the art of flossing. Let them see you doing it and help them to try it. If the teeth aren’t touching it will have very little effect, but it will serve as good practice to help ensure your children floss properly as they become adults.


 You’ll need to go to the dentist regularly. But, that doesn’t mean you and your child shouldn’t inspect your own teeth. After all, you probably know them better than anyone else. Regularly inspecting them will help you to realize there is an issue and get a dental appointment. That’s actually one of the best protective measures you can take.

Late risers

The kids just love the weekends. They are allowed to stay late on Friday nights so they end up sleeping until 9 or 10 in the morning of the following day. They were like babies with very soft head and neck pillows that lull them to sleep. Such moments I missed when they were very little. We let them have uninterrupted sleep on weekends because they wake up really early on school days. Having enough rest prevent the kids from getting cranky and annoying at day time. I hate it when they are difficult to deal with. Sometimes I wish they remain the obedient kids we know.

Never sleep with earphones on

There are two things I’m telling my kids why they should not sleep with their earphones or headphones on. One, listening to loud music through earphones can damage the ear over time. Second, they’ve used countless of earphones because they end up crushing them or pulling the earphone cable while they are asleep. I always remind them to just listen to soft music on the radio to lull them to sleep, but my plea always fell on deaf ears.