As soon as the milk teeth begin to grow, care must be taken to clean them daily. In most cases, the first milk tooth appears at 6 months of age, but there are babies who have one or two teeth at birth.
Some parents believe that baby teeth are not important because of their temporary function in the life of the child. This statement is absolutely wrong and the role of the dental practitioner is to explain to parents how important the teeth are to the teeth and how to properly care for them.Improper care for the temporary teeth can lead to a number of complications, including chewing and speech difficulties. Tooth decay of baby teeth are found in more than 40% of children. During the early childhood and pre-school years, parents play a major role in establishing children's hygiene habits and in the care of their oral health.
Here are some successful techniques you can share with your patients to help ease these processes:
1. Copy Positive Behavior.
Usually, children learn everything new to them, especially by watching and copying someone else's behavior. Therefore, we recommend that parents brush their teeth with their children and show them the right technique for doing so. They need to be shown how to properly brush every surface, including the lingual. It is also a good idea, in a form of a game, to try to have the child brush their parent's teeth, which will be extremely fun and useful for building hygienic habits. When brushing teeth, each child should be monitored until they have rinsed their mouth well from the paste used.
2. Small rewards for mastering the process.
Young children tend to be manipulated by small rewards. We recommend that you prepare a monthly calendar with stickers that parents stick to each day when the child has cleaned their teeth well. At the end of the month, considering the calendar and a small prize will be presented to the child. The positive reward will cause the child to release endorphin, which will stimulate him or her to continue learning the technique in anticipation of the next positive stimulus. Teeth should be cleaned twice a day once in the morning and once in the evening. It is a good idea in the bathroom where the child brushes his / her teeth to place a mirror that is comfortable for him / her so that he / she can see how and where to brush and how to move the toothbrush in the right direction.
3. Play animations and show comics related to cleaning your teeth.
Many cartoon characters have online videos about toothbrushing and oral hygiene. There are also a number of children's songs that can encourage your child to brush their teeth. It is important that this daily task becomes fun for the child so that it does not feel like a boring obligation. For greater convenience, parents can purchase toothbrushes that flash for two minutes, signaling the right time. Encouraging children to develop dental hygiene is crucial. Along with them, it is extremely important to create a habit to visit dentists regularly. Therefore, with the advent of the first two teeth, recommend that parents bring the child for their first prophylactic examination.