By starting early, you can create lifelong healthy oral care habits that will impact your child’s long-term well-being.
Keeping their baby’s smile bright and healthy is a priority for any caring parent. Baby teeth are just as important as permanent teeth for a child’s overall health. Most importantly, by starting early, you will create lifelong healthy oral care habits that will impact your child’s long-term well-being.
The biggest challenge of all is to convince your child to brush and floss two times a day. Then, you have to pay attention to damaging habits that hurt their enamel, cut the foods that cause cavities, and so on. It’s a lot of work and helping your kids develop healthy habits may be difficult when your child is a rebellious toddler.
Another issue for parents seems to be choosing the right products for their children’s oral health. We have listed some essential products and tools that you can include in an oral health kit for each of your children.
Dental Health Essential Kit
To keep those pearly whites healthy and strong, put together an essential kit for every child and add products suitable for their age, as follows:
Before the First tooth Emerges
Be sure to always have sterile cloths for cleaning your baby’s gums when needed. Infants don’t need intensive oral care, as they should be exclusively breast or formula-fed, but sometimes their gums and tongue might get some milk residue. Using your clean finger, wrapped in sterile cloth, gently wipe any build-up.
Brushing your child’s teeth should start as soon as the first baby tooth emerges. For your daily cleaning, their dental kit should contain:
- Sterile cloth
- Silicone finger toothbrush that also massages aching and itchy gums
Toddlers (ages 1 to 3)
The first years in your child’s life are essential for putting the base of oral hygiene. Even if they lack the dexterity to properly clean their own teeth, it’s time to introduce interesting items in their dental kit:
- Toothbrushes suitable for their age
- Mild toothpaste that doesn’t need rinsin
- Flavorless floss or floss picks that you will use in between their touching teeth
Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5)
Now you can introduce new items:
- Electric toothbrush suitable for their age
- Fun toothpaste that they can choose themselves
Ages 5 to 8
Besides the basic tools, you can include extra items in the kit:
- Fun, colorful toothbrushes with their favorite characters
- Flavored toothpaste
- A small portable kit for when they are away from home
Ages 8 to 12
Kids should have solid oral health habits by now. You can keep the dental kit as it is, and only introduce a new size of toothbrushes and mouthwash that is alcohol-free. A visit to the orthodontist might also be scheduled around this age.
Teenagers have a habit of defying authority, so they might skip their brushing or not be interested in their dental health so much. Getting them some cool disposable toothbrushes to carry or investing in interesting tools and products that they choose will encourage them to keep those teeth clean. It’s also time to discuss braces if your teenager has orthodontic issues.
Keeping your child’s teeth healthy is all about educating them about how important it is. Fortunately, there are plenty of helpful products on the market to help you with the process.