When we think about oral/dental health care, the only thing that come in our mind is good breath and clean teeth with healthy gums. To be honest, oral and dental care is much more than that. Clean and healthy oral cavity is the first step to a good overall health of a person. We eat everything with our mouth and chew using teeth, so, a good oral care is the first and the most important step towards healthy and good eating and that’s why it leads to better over all health of our body. Oral care is equally important for our baby and toddler as it is for us. In this article, we will be discussing all about oral/dental health care for kids and grown-up children along with tips about encouraging them to do so. So Lovely parents, let’s have a look & learn together, all about oral/dental hygiene of our baby and toddler…

WHAT IS ORAL CAVITY: The mouth/oral cavity included cheeks, lips, teeth, gums and front 2/3rd part of tongue, floor of mouth under the tongue and hard bony roof above it. As we eat and drink everything from our oral cavity and chew our food by teeth, it is very crucial to take care of proper cleaning and hygiene. Good oral hygiene is the first step to over all good health.

MILK TEETH: Baby milk teeth can erupt at anytime after 3-4 months of age. Very rarely, but some babies do born with a tooth or two. Before the tiny tooth erupts, our little babies do show some symptoms of teething and excessive chewing of teether or anything that is in their hands and excessive dribbling of saliva are the most common symptoms apart from all other discomforts. As our kids reach the age of three, they have their primary 20 teeth.

IMPORTANCE OF HEALTHY ORAL CAVITY, TEETH & GUMS FOR OUR LITTLE ONES:

  • Oral and dental hygiene is really important to maintain proper health of our children as they chew everything from their tiny teeth.
  • Proper Oral/dental hygiene prevents tooth decay.
  • Prevent tooth loss (babies who lose their milk teeth very early when they were baby or toddler, have high chances of having mature teeth in an arbitrary manner which doesn’t look good at all.
  • Prevents your child from having a bad breath.
  • Uncleaned oral cavity and teeth leads to many diseases like infections, fever and pain.
  • Good and healthy gums and teeth give your child a cutie and beautiful smile.
  • Save money as you don’t need to take your little one to dentist again and again.

HOW TO CLEAN ORAL CAVITY AND TEETH OF A TODDLER:

Toothless little Babies: When babies started showing the signs of teething and even before that as well (https://kiddieversity.com/teething-and-babies/),clean the oral cavity of your beautiful toothless babies by moisten a soft clean cloth with water and then wipe the gums and food particles left inside.   

Baby & Toddler with Teeth: Use soft bristled baby tooth brush with a tiny pea sized fluoride baby toothpaste on it. In case of toddlers, you can use regular fluoride toothpaste that adults use but make sure to rinse properly afterwards.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN THE ORAL CAVITY/TEETH OF MY LITTLE ONE:

  1. Brush twice daily with tiny pea size baby toothpaste (with fluoride) on brush.
  2. Rinse with water, while teaching your toddlers, show them how to spit water, ask them to take some water in their mouth, jiggle it around and then spit it out. Show your little ones how to do it by doing it yourself.

PREVENTIVE MEASURE: Following are the Preventive measure we should follow to keep our little one’s oral cavity, teeth and gums healthy.

  • Clean teeth twice a day.
  • Rinse after every meal and drink.
  • Avoid Sugary drinks.
  • Avoid too much chocolates and sweeties.
  • If your baby is using teethers to ease the itching and discomfort of teething symptoms, then make sure to sterilize these teethers quite often.
  • Not only keeping oral cavity clean is all that we need, washing hands before and after food is also very important.
  • Use Fluoride Tooth Paste.
  • Brush for about 3 minutes, i.e.,1 and a half minute for upper and same for lower teeth.

WHEN TO SEE A DENTIST: Ideally, we and our little ones should see dentist once after every 6 months. If you have any worry about teething or your little one is having cavity or tooth decay then you must see a doctor as in worst cases of cavity, root canal is needed and it is really painful if cavity reaches to the level of nerve endings. This is when the tooth pain is disastrous.

TIP TO TEACH AND ENCOURAGE OUR LITTLE ONE FOR ORAL AND DENTAL CLEANING:

1)Show your little ones and brush and clean your teeth in front of them.

2) Show them the books and videos about teeth brushing and cleaning and tell them its importance in a childish language.

3) Sing Rhymes like “this is the way we brush our teeth so early in the morning” or “Brush Brush Brush your teeth, brush them every day….” Or make your own rhyme or interesting stories related to oral hygiene and brushing, using your child’s favourite toys and characters like teddies and dolls.

4) Teach you child in his/her own childish language about germs and bacteria and how they can harm our health.

5) Involve your child in Pretend play in following manners

a) Give your child a teddy or doll or his own favourite toy and a pretend tooth brush and tooth paste, and then talk to him/her like “Lets Brush Our Teddy’s teeth to keep him happy and healthy or tell other benefits in the same way.

b) Play Dentist and patient by becoming a patient of your little one or by making your little one a patient you yourself a dentist and then talk about brushing teeth and hygiene.

c) Take a doll or teddy to your little dentist (your child), and discuss the importance of brushing and some simple problems like pain, bleeding and tooth decays in childish language.

d) Play through simple puppets or toys your child have by starting a pretend conversation between two toys about teeth cleaning and brushing.

So lovely parents, these are some important and basic things that we all should know about oral hygiene and cleaning along with some useful tips about encouraging and teaching our baby and toddler about it. If you have taught your little one in a different way, then please share your ideas in comments section as well. It will be lovely to read your experiences and ideas as well.

 

 

 

25 COMMENTS

  1. thanks for the great tips on how to make toothbrushing fun! It’s so important to train kids at an early age to have good dental hygiene.

    • Thank you Penelope for your comments. Making tooth brush and oral Hygiene is very necessary for our kids, so that they can enjoy doing it. Tips in This article are really useful and always works well in encouraging kids to take care of their teeth and oral hygiene by themselves..

  2. Tooth brushing can be fun and your tips are great! We use fluoride free toothpaste and generally make our own, I found it makes toothbrushing easier as the kids like the taste better 🙂

    • Thank you lace for your views on this article. Flouride free toothpaste might make brushing easier but at the same time it makes your child’s teeth weaker day by day. Flouride is a must for stronger teeth.

    • Thank you so much Samreen for your comments. No doubt, encouraging younger toddlers and kids to brush teeth is very challenging but we can train our kids to do so by talking about it, playing pretend games, rhymes and by story telling.

  3. Great tips! I will try these. My grandnephew is 4 years old and scared of brushing teeth, maybe your tips will work for him. Thank you, Kiddie Versity.

    • Hi Avyanna, Thank yo so so much for sharing your views on this really important article about oral hygiene. I am sure your grandephew will find it enjoyable and fun. This is the why I shared this article, because many kids dont like brushing teeth so educating them in a fun way about oral hygiene is a must..

  4. This are great tips!
    I struggled a lot to convince my toddler to brush his teeth, he does it now but he still feels like throwing up since he is highly sensitive in his mouth.
    But one of the things that help a lot was role playing and also I downloaded an app for toddlers that had a nursery rhyme of “This is the way we brush our teeth” and he loved it so we started mimicking and thus the result was awesome.
    I look forward to more awesome tips.

    • Hello Arlet, You are right, getting kids habitual of good habit can be done in a playful way, they will learn and absorb things in the best way while doing it during a play or game or by singing related rhymes. Thank you so much for sharing your views and appreciations.

  5. Thanks for the article and the great tips! It really reminds me to pick up the toothbrush again for my daughter, who hates to brush her teeth. So I guess I’ve been making excuses for myself to conveniently forget to brush for her! Will definitely try out some of your great tips!

    • Hi Joo, thank you for your comments. Mostly kids do hate brushing their teeth so making it fun and educating them in a playful way is the best approach as I have shared in this article.
      Regards,
      Sarah.

  6. These are great dental hygiene tips. Oral hygiene is very important and it important to ensure you teach your children by example. I can be boring so finding ways to make it fun and making sure they understand the importance is the best way to make sure they do it the right way. I really like this post. Thanks!

    • Hi Melissa, taking care or oral hygiene is very important and most important thing is to educate our kids in their own playful and kiddish way, so that they can enjoy and learn at the same time.

      • I agree with you, Sarah. It is important but it has to be enjoyable and relatable. There should be more dental items for children to encourage dental health.

  7. Great advice on dental hygiene. I know a lot of moms with toddlers that could use your tips and will pass it on to them. It’s so important to start off right for good oral health. Thanks for the post!

    • Hi Tammy, thank you for sharing your views on this article. Dental hygiene is very important as it is one of the most important factor that helps us having a good health.

  8. I think brushing as an adult can be hard sometimes, but even more so for children. Although I suppose a good tasting toothpaste can fix all that. I remember when I was little I liked the bubblegum crest flavor lol. The memory we keep. Great read, and thanks for sharing.

  9. These are great ideas for making tooth brushing fun. I like the idea too of showing them early on how important brushing your teeth is. My son is horrible about it, and I have to stay on him every day. Maybe it is just boys, I don’t know. I am going to try a different angle after reading this post.

  10. Teeth brushing is obviously a very important thing to teach your child at a young age as it will set them up with good habits for a life time. It’s interesting you say about gently brushing a baby’s gums even before they have any teeth, this is not something I have ever thought about but it stands to reason that you don’t want any food particles or even milk left in their mouths as it can get bacteria in there very quickly.
    You always have such amazing tips on your website and makes me realise how much I don’t know. If I ever become a mother then I know exactly where I will come for the best advice!

  11. Man, our teeth are just on display forever in life. good dental hygiene has to start young, thanks for the suggestions on how to get kids on board with it!

  12. Hello

    So I did not realize how important it is for children to keep there teeth so clean. This was very helpful. My kid will need to do a better job after reading this.

  13. Hey Sarah, I remember buying our nephew and niece tooth brushes displaying their superheros which did spur them on to clean their teeth twice a day when they stopped over with us.

    The problem is: If cleaning one’s teeth twice a day isn’t instilled into part of your daily routine from an early age like you’re promoting, kids will do anything to escape this 2 minutes procedure however this can lead to problems.

    Unfortunately at home, our nephew & niece never had any teeth cleaning routine instilled into them. Due to all the coke and sugary sweets, their milk teeth rotted away. After severe toothache, the dentist gave our nephew a right dressing down with regards to the importance of cleaning teeth. He said fortunately for you, there’s another set growing – lose them and we’ll be fitting false teeth. He said rotting teeth in kids is becoming a huge issue nowadays.

    Be warned, great article Sarah with some great tips on gently cleaning a baby’s teeth, every parent should read,
    Simon.

  14. We enforced the habit of good dental care and hygiene at a very early age with our two boys. I believe it’s one of the cornerstones of a healthy life. Thanks for sharing this very important information.

    • Hi Steven, I agree with you. taking care of dental hygiene and educating our kids about it is the most important step towards a healthy life. Thank you so much for sharing your views here on this post.

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