Do your Kids have Good Dental Habits

Most people take for granted that kids do not need to have their dental formula taken care of. It is mythical that kids are not able to contract dental decays as their milk teeth have to fall out anyway to make way for permanent teeth. This is the fallacy any responsible parent would wish to think of. The necessity to see to it that your kids have good dental habit is very cardinal to safeguard your child from baby bottle tooth decay. Kids having good dental habits are health and lively, for teeth decay is something that affects the comfort of both the child and the parents.

It is imperative that the dental health of the child is given a priority in the family.

The first few days after birth, the baby’s mouth has to be regularly cleaned by wiping the gums gently with a moist sponge or soft clean cloth. This will enable the child’s gums to be bacteria free so that, as the first teeth appear at age of between 6 to 14 months, there would be no contact to decay due to plaque.

A child whose age is below 3 years must have their dental health taken care by parents or care-givers by brushing regularly their teeth with a tooth paste which has fluoride. Fluoride is very essential element in teeth strengthening and helps the teeth to withstand acid attack. Fluoride also discourages opaque formation on teeth. It is recommended that such brushing should be done at least twice a day. Asa parent, one should supervise the child’s brush in order to monitor that the right amount of tooth paste is applied and mostly as directed by a dental physician.

Children whose age is between 3 to 6 years also must brush their teeth regularly, and should be done in the morning and evening before bed time A small amount of fluoride induced tooth-paste should be used on their brushes to avoid the excess swallowing of fluoride.

When the child is above 6 years, he should be taught how to use the brush and the amount of tooth paste advisable to use The child should also be encouraged to start flossing in order to remove plaque and bacteria where the brush can not be able to reach as this will help with the prevention of tooth decay and bacteria accumulation.

Asa parent seeing to it that kids have good dental habits, one should discourage the children from eating sugary snacks for they are not good to dental. Snacks are full of starch which has in its composition a lot of sugar. This sugar accumulation in the mouth of a kid enables the bacteria to manufacture acids which are able to dissolve the tooth enamel and cause its decay.

A Guide To Flossing Your Teeth

A practice of good dental hygiene includes regular flossing. This is just as important as brushing your teeth. Flossing is used in removing accumulated plaque on your teeth. This practice is important because flossing gets in hard to reach places between your teeth. As the buildup of plaque can cause cavities and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended. As important as this is for good dental hygiene, most people do not know how to floss properly.

Read the short guide to flossing your teeth below to find how to floss properly Step I Get about 16-18 inches of floss Step II The floss should be held with the thumb and forefinger of both hands Step III Roll about 14-16 inches of floss around each middle finger, leaving some inches between your fingers.

Step IV

Holding the floss between the thumb and forefinger of both hands, slide it slowly and gently up and down between the teeth.

Step VI

Carefully pass the floss around the base of each tooth, surpassing the tooth seam with the gum. Never force the floss against the gum as it can cut or bruise delicate gum tissue.

Step VII

Use a new part of the piece of floss for each tooth to be cleaned because if you do not you will be spreading plaque from one tooth to the other instead taking out the plaque .


To Remove the floss, gradually slide the floss backwards, removing it from between the teeth. Make sure you avoid scraping your gum with the floss.

Using the right type of floss is just as important as knowing how to floss because there are different types of floss having different flavours. Your dentist should help you out if you are unsure of which floss to use. The ones mentioned below are the commonest; Nylon thread (or multifilament)

Because this type of floss is composed of many strands of nylon, it may sometimes tear or shred, especially if the teeth are too close together.

PTFE wire (monofilament)

While more expensive, single filament yarn (PTFE) slides easily between teeth, even with little space, and does not break. Used appropriately the two types of floss remove plaque and food debris.

All these tips if applied correctly with the appropriate floss will help you floss properly and if you are still not sure how to go about this you can check online for instructional videos or even schedule a flossing class with your dentist.