06 Sep Children’s dental hygiene: precautions to take at the start of the school year
With the start of the school year, children are spending more time outside the home, with their friends and classmates. They are therefore more exposed to bacteria and cavities. It is therefore important to be extra vigilant about their dental hygiene.
Here are some tips for taking care of your children's teeth at the start of the school year:
Brush their teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste.
Teach them to brush their teeth properly. To do this, show them how to hold the toothbrush, how to move the brush and how to rinse their mouth.
Help them floss once a day. Flossing helps remove plaque between teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach.
Limit their intake of sugary foods and drinks. Sugars are the main cause of cavities.
Encourage them to drink water instead of juice or soda. Water helps wash food residue from teeth.
Take them to the dentist for a routine exam at least once a year.
Here are some additional precautions to take at the start of the school year:
If your child is new to school, make sure they have access to a toothbrush and toothpaste at school.
Talk to him about the importance of brushing his teeth after lunch or snack.
Encourage him to brush his teeth after eating candy or other sugary foods.
By following these tips, you can help your children have good dental hygiene and maintain healthy teeth for life.