A Parent's Guide to Brushing Your Child's Teeth
Feb 26th 2020
More than 40% of children will have dental cavities by the time they reach kindergarten. As a parent, this can be easily avoided by instilling a healthy brushing habit in your child’s routine. This brushing habit will defend their teeth from many dangers, specifically tartar buildup.
Tartar is formed when plaque on the teeth reacts to other minerals in the mouth. When this reaction happens, a thick yellow substance is left on the teeth, which can become difficult to remove.
Luckily, there are things like tartar removing toothpaste and tartar removing dental gel to make things a little easier.
However, the best way to beat tartar is to prevent it. Here are five ways you can prevent tartar from building up in your child's mouth.
Encourage your Child to Brush Twice A Day
One of the most effective ways to fight tartar build up on your child’s teeth is by brushing twice a day. Plaque builds up on teeth every hour of every day and within 24 to 72 hours, plaque build-up will turn into tartar.
To stop this process before it even starts, have your child brush their teeth twice a day with tartar removing toothpaste or plaque removing dental gel. Doing this will reduce plaque build-up on their teeth and, therefore, will reduce the chances of tartar buildup.
Encourage Using an Electric Toothbrush
When discussing brushing your teeth with your child, an easy way to get them interested in healthy habits is to offer a character-designed electric toothbrush. A kid-friendly brush with a special character or animal on it will get your child excited about brushing and an electric one will provide an added opportunity to remove as much plaque from their teeth as possible.
Flossing is a crucial way to maintain your child’s healthy mouth. When they don't floss regularly, it's actually doing more damage as items such as sugar can slowly wear away at the teeth’s enamel. Flossing is truly the only way to remove tartar and food build-up in between their teeth.
Especially with kids who have lost their baby teeth, it is very important to help them develop a healthy habit of flossing in addition to brushing with tartar removing toothpaste in order to keep their new teeth cavity-free.
Brushing Their Gums
Tartar can build up above and below your child’s gum line, so it's important that they brush their gums regularly. Show your child how to carefully brush their gum line with tartar removing toothpaste in order to encourage healthy gums, but at the same time not damaging them with harsh brushing techniques.
Pay Attention to What you Feed Your Child
Your child’s diet can have a major effect on their overall dental health. It is important to avoid feeding your child foods that are high in sugar, including carbonated drinks to prevent plaque build-up on their teeth. Feeding your child a well-balanced diet is a key aspect to avoiding cavity growth and bad oral health.
As a parent, there are many daily habits that your child will inherit just by watching what you do. It is important to encourage healthy brushing techniques at a young age to avoid frequent trips to the dentist due to plaque build-up and cavities.
LIVFRESH dental gel is safe for children of all ages. Adult supervision during brushing is recommended for smaller children. To learn more about our products please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.