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A daily tooth care for children aged 2 to 5 years

dziewczynka myje zębyIn order for our child to eagerly approach the concept of brushing their teeth, we should start introducing them to it as early as during the infancy. The child familiar with with brushing will enjoy continuing to do so in order to become more independent (we should remember to still control the tooth brushing of our children until they turn 5).

We can also make the act of brushing more pleasant by purchasing a colorful toothbrush, fruit-flavoured toothpaste and brushing our teeth along with our child.

Choosing the perfect toothbrush

For the children aged 2 – 5 years, we can only choose the manual toothbrushes. The bost choice would be the one with a small head, bristles of varying lengths (this will help them reach all areas of the child’s teeth) and anti-slip handle. Buying a colorful toothbrush bearing a cartoon motive will definitely make the child happier and encourage them to continue brushing their teeth.

The first orthodontist visit

We should take a good care of the correct development of the teeth since the earliest years. An orthodontist visit should occur when all of the milk teeth will erupt (which happens around the time when our child is 3 years old). The doctor will check if the teeth are growing correctly and will make sure that the child has already unlearned their infancy habits (sucking on their thumb or a pacifier). If the situation calls for it, the doctor will recommend a special pacifier which will correct the child’s bite.

If there weren’t any issues during the first visit, then the next one should happen in 5 years, after our child’s permanent teeth will finally erupt.

The correct brushing technique

In order for the teeth to be cleaned properly, we should teach our child to brush their teeth correctly. We usually distinguish two basic techniques:

 

  • scrubbing
  • rotary movements

 

In case of the former, the child should move the toothbrush back and forth, gently pushing the bristles against the teeth. The latter requires the child to “draw circles” on their teeth using a toothbrush. It’s a harder technique, suitable for a little older children. Keep in mind that the mouth should be wide open during the brushing, while the entire procedure should start from the rear parts of our teeth. Before brushing, the child should wash their mouth out, while the amount of the toothpaste used shouldn’t be bigger than a pea.

Brushing should occur under the direct supervision of parents and last 2 – 3 minutes. It’s recommended that the child shouldn’t eat or drink anything (except of mineral water) after brushing their teeth in the evening. Thanks to these tips our child will learn how important daily oral hygiene is and will instill the correct habits – it will help them greatly in future.