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The 10 most common questions about children's dental hygiene


There are many children who when starting the process of oral hygiene or first brushing of teeth show rejection and aversion. Parents also have many questions about this new routine in the lives of children: modes, utensils, moments ... Next, from GuiaInfantil.com We will try to answer some of the most common questions you ask us about the children's oral hygiene.

1. When should the teeth appear?
Although we do not see them since babies, teeth begin long before they are visible, specifically from birth, although the so-called milk teeth will not appear until 4 months, lengthening up to 3 years. Later, permanent teeth will appear from 6 years to 21 years.

2. How important are teeth?
We seldom stop to think that we have essentially three types of teeth: fine central incisors to cut food, lateral canines to tear and posterior molars to grind food. By understanding these three functions that each one performs, it is much easier to know what food we can and cannot add in their mouths.

3. How to prevent dental problems?
We could summarize the prevention methods in three main ones: a good diet with a low amount of sugars that generate cavities, good dental hygiene (especially just before going to sleep), as well as going to the dentist regularly to correct possible dental malformations.

4. What is the best way to teach teeth cleaning?
Without any doubt, the answer would be through fun routines from a very young age. On the one hand, introducing the activity of cleaning teeth as a daily routine, but without a doubt, for the little ones it will be very important that this is something fun, being able to do it together with the parents in front of the mirror or even playing to clean the teeth to his other toys.

5. When is a good time to start dental hygiene?
The correct answer is even before the onset of teething between 4 and 6 months. It is very positive to prevent cavities and, even, to stimulate the mouth of children. We will start with cleaning the gums, using a gauze soaked in water. In addition, if you make small circular movements during cleaning, you can relax areas of pain due to tooth eruption.

6. How to carry out good oral hygiene in babies?
Before the daily toothbrush, to clean the gums of babies we can start using wet gauze. With the appearance of their first teeth, we will begin to use small children's brushes (finger-glove format) with very soft and small bristles.

7. Utensils for good dental hygiene in children?
As children grow, they begin to have more teeth and greater motor control in their hands and it will be time to offer them soft brushes with handles. At that time, we can gradually add new components such as toothpaste and dental floss so recommended by dentists.

8. How and when to use toothpaste?
It is important to use fluoride pastes, but never before they learn to spit, around the age of two. Until then we will keep wetting the brush in water. Since, regardless of the flavor (flavor, spearmint, mint, etc.), we must avoid the intake of toothpaste.

9. How long is it advisable to do dental hygiene?
Specialists agree on number 2, recommending 2 brushings a day and approximately 2 minutes per brushing. Thus we come to the conclusion that, throughout the day, we should spend approximately 4 or 5 minutes caring for our teeth.

10. How to do good oral hygiene in general?
The secret lies in two types of movements: circular and linear. Starting with the posterior teeth, continuing through the anterior teeth and not forgetting the tongue to finish with a complete cleaning.

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