When it comes to oral hygiene, it is so easy to assume we are doing enough, only to find out later on that the habits we’ve developed are not really the best ones.
I wanted to share with you some of the best oral care tips and facts from our dentist, Dr. Bu Buenazedacruz of Buenazeda Dental Clinic (I personally think he’s one of the best– I even fell asleep when I had a procedure done– and I was nine months pregnant that time!).
[ ] Bacteria and acid start to destroy our teeth 30 minutes after eating or drinking flavored drinks.
[ ] Fluoride treatment twice a year can strengthen your child’s teeth.
[ ] Dental sealants are used to seal the deep grooves found on the pre-molar and molar teeth to prevent dental caries (decay).
[ ] Oral bacteria + acid + sugar = cavity
[ ] Brushing only cleans 70 percent of our teeth, while flossing cleans the remaining 30. Everyone needs to floss– including kids.
[ ] Kids should be trained to brush their teeth in small circles because they lack dexterity to do the adult and best way which is to brush away from the gum line.
[ ] Train kids to brush at least two minutes and make sure they brush all their teeth surfaces.
[ ] Our teeth have five surfaces: front, back, chewing surface and the two sides in between.
[ ] The right amount of toothpaste to be used about the size of a pea.
[ ] Your kid can’t floss by themselves, you have to do it for them until they can do it on their own.
[ ] You can clean toddler’s teeth while they are sleeping (with moistened gauze or small amount of fluoride free toothpaste). The goal is for them to get used to brushing so they won’t get bothered by it, but instead would look forward to it as part of their daily routine.
[ ] Train kids to use FB before sleeping (No, not Facebook— floss and brush).
[ ] The best way for kids to have a good oral hygiene is by following parents’ example.
[ ] Train also your house help regarding oral health and disciplines because they might be spending more time with your kids than you do.
[ ] It is best to check your kids teeth after they brush. Parents must learn to identify if their kids have removed the dirt from their teeth. If it still dirty, send them back for another round.
[ ] Kids can start to visit the dentist starting two years old. It is important to get the child familiarized with the clinic first.
[ ] Finding the right flavor of toothpaste can make your child motivated for brushing.
[ ] First dental appointment should never be traumatic. Hopefully your kids’ first dental visit is not due to tooth ache.
[ ] Motivation is key– you don’t have to nag kids into doing things that are FUN for them.
In line with these tips and tricks, I wanted to let you know about Pepsodent’s Brushing Adventure campaign. The goal of the campaign is to encourage more kids to view brushing as a fun experience rather than a chore.
We just started using these stickers with the girls. They love stickers, so this is probably one of the best ways to motivate them to brush their teeth consistently, and without having to be reminded again and again.
Aside from stickers, Pepsodent has come up with a brushing song. This is a fresh break from the usual “This is the way….” tune we sing!
Oh, and finally, there are fun stuff for you to download for your kids, too! Simply visit their Facebook page to find puzzles, games, and activities your kids can enjoy.