From the time kids are born, to the time they get their first wisdom tooth through, kids need to take care of their teeth and mouths and they need their parents’ guidance and help to do so. Here’s everything you need to know about how to care for children’s teeth according to their age.
Your baby’s first year
A good oral hygiene routine should start even before your baby has his/her first tooth. Wipe their gums with a damp, soft muslin cloth to keep them clean.
Teething is a stressful time for both baby and parents. Some signs of soon-to-pop teeth may be sore, red gums and changes in eating habits etc and the pain can be eased by massaging the gums and giving the baby something cold and thick to chew on. No two babies are alike and this is true for growing teeth. Some babies get their first tooth at 3 months old and others at 14 months. However when you do see the first sighting of their little tooth, make sure to use a small smear of toothpaste and brush the teeth (or tooth) twice a day. This is also a great time to also come and see us for their first dental visit, or before their first birthday.
Toddler – 6 years old
Getting your kids to brush their teeth may be a challenge at this age, so try and make it an enjoyable experience by turning it into a game, putting some music on or letting them watch you brush your teeth. They may not have the dexterity to brush their own teeth yet, so simply help them by using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and brush in small circular motions, covering all surfaces and not forgetting to floss too!
7 to 11 years old
By this age your child knows what to do, but they just may feel lazy to keep up with their oral hygiene. Keep encouraging and reminding them to floss and brush and keep an eye on their sugar intake.
12 to 18 years old
The teen years are a critical time for dental health as this is the age that most people will get caries. Therefore it’s important to remind your teens to brush twice a day, floss and clean their tongue and book dental appointments for them, as teens can be lazy to do so!
Late teens to early twenties
This is usually the time when their wisdom teeth will start to appear, so remind them to book an appointment with us, so we can keep an eye on the growth of their wisdoms.