What does the ideal kids’ oral hygiene routine look like? We all know that kids need to brush their teeth twice per day, and floss once. But as moms, with so many details to manage, sometimes steps get skipped. Let’s help our kids keep their teeth healthy and build our own good habits as well.
Step 1: Flossing
Can you believe it?! I’ve been doing it wrong all these years! You actually want to begin removing the bacteria between your teeth and then brush them away with a toothbrush. It makes total sense! So if you are used to starting with a good bush, switch it up! Try breaking that biofilm free first and see how fresh your mouth really feels! For the kids, the best way to incorporate this step is to use a timer and using cute floss sticks!
Step 2: Brushing
The second step in a kids’ oral hygiene routine is brushing. This part can get a little messy! There are many yummy and cool kids’ toothpastes on the market, so find a brand and flavor your kids love. While it is better to use an electric toothbrush, you can still get the job done using a manual brush. Teaching proper brushing can be difficult but try using hand-over-hand and modeling. Practice makes perfect, just direct the brush toward the gum line and get every tooth (even those hard-to-reach back ones)!
Step 3: Tongue Scraping
The third step in a kids’ oral hygiene routine is tongue scraping. This step may be new for both kids and adults. If you haven’t picked up one of these gadgets, order one today- they are inexpensive and can make a huge difference in the health of your mouth. The trick to really getting the bacteria off your tongue here is to go as far back as you can without being uncomfortable. A lot of the bacteria in our mouths like to hide in the very back so it’s important to remember this trick.
Step 4: Rinsing
The last step in a kids’ oral hygiene routine is a good rinse. Look for something without any alcohol because this can actually dry out your mouth leaving your teeth actually more susceptible to getting cavities. Also, watch out for mouth rinses with a ph level below 5.5 as these can cause demineralization in the teeth. Let kids pick their favorite flavor, and make sure they are swishing for 30 and not swallowing!
Getting kids to take care of their teeth and gums by establishing an oral hygiene routine is not always easy, but the habits we instill in them today will stay with them for years to come. So keep ’em clean and happy brushing!
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