Unfortunately, as parents, we make a lot of mistakes in the oral hygiene of a small child. Here are the most serious.
We don't care about the baby's toothless gums
This is the first mistake made by parents who assume that since the teeth are not visible yet, we do not need to care for them. Meanwhile, the infant should have his gums cleaned using a cotton swab soaked in boiled water or chamomile solution.
We do not supervise child brushing teeth
Dentists are of the opinion that a child up to 7 or even 11 years old (!) should be supervised while brushing teeth. Check how it handles this task. In other words - the parent is to watch the child brush their teeth and finally brush them - making sure that the teeth are clean. In the case of a seven-year-old it is imaginable for us, but in 11-year-old it is not quite. What do you think
Preschoolers up to 6 years old should brush their teeth by themselves, after which the parent should each time take over the brush and brush their children. This is important because, according to dentists, preschool children are not yet ready for 100% self-cleaning of teeth. If they do not use additional accessories, such as an hourglass or special timers - light or sound in the brush - they cannot assess whether they brush their teeth long enough. Therefore, left alone, they usually brush too short and too cursory. In addition, they often spit out the paste very quickly without cleaning further teeth.
We do not clean the tongue and cheeks
Many bacteria settle on the mucous membranes of the mouth. We find them especially on the wart covered tongue. Therefore, it is important that older children (over 4-5 years old) take care of the appropriate cleaning of these areas. In younger children this can be difficult due to the gag reflex.
Dentists recommend choosing brushes with a soft side for cleaning the tongue and mucous membranes. In addition, children over the age of 5 can be encouraged to use dental floss. This is especially important after the first permanent molar - the "six" - blasted out. Special attention should be given to the space between the first permanent molar and the five milk tooth.
It is also worth equipping with mouthwash
We brush our teeth immediately after fruit
If your child has been eating fruit or drinking fruit juice, wait about 30 minutes after eating for the saliva to neutralize the acidic environment in your mouth. Brushing your teeth immediately can adversely affect tooth enamel, which is rarely remembered ...
We serve a lot of sweets
Sweet cereals for breakfast, jams, sandwich creams, sweetened tea, colorful drinks, lenses, and jelly beans, lollipops and much more. Polish children eat a lot of sweets. Despite many actions regarding the harmfulness of excess sugar, the custom of serving sweets once a week has not become common in Poland, as it is in other European countries, for example Sweden or the Netherlands.
Polish children eat a frightening amount of sugar, which has a negative effect on the condition of the teeth. Limiting sweets in your daily diet allows you to really strengthen your teeth. It is worth giving your child a carrot, apple, healthy hard snacks that have a positive effect on the condition of the mouth.