Oral hygiene includes all the actions for the care of the teeth such as the removal of the microbial plaque and the maintenance of an environment that prevents the manifestation of diseases of the teeth, the gums and the oral cavity in general. For your kids, keeping their teeth healthy for as long as possible is going to be vital. During these times, going to the dentist has been prohibited but it’s even more important, during Covid, to look after your kids’ teeth.
Proper daily dental care, combined with avoiding the above habits and regular visits to the dentist, are the three most important factors in maintaining oral health. To prevent dental diseases, it is necessary to adopt proper daily hygiene so as to prevent the formation of dental plaque and the appearance of gingivitis or cavities. Daily brushing of the teeth is the most important measure to maintain good oral hygiene. Proper cleaning requires the use of a suitable toothbrush and toothpaste, depending on the needs and age of each person. Your family dentist can help us see our needs and guide us to choose the right products, giving the right instructions for their proper use. It is important to look at good Family Dentists to ensure your kids are always getting the check ups that they need. You should also look at:
A simple toothbrush with a small head and synthetic fibers of soft (in cases of tooth sensitivity or gingivitis) or moderate hardness. It is equally important for children from the age of 2 to have their own personal toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles, so as not to injure their gums.
Choose a toothpaste that meets the needs of your teeth. If you want a brighter smile, choose toothpaste with whitening agents such as sodium bicarbonate.
- To prevent cavities, choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride (up to 1500ppm), which makes the enamel of the teeth more resistant and the action of bacteria more difficult. Toothpastes with a fluoride content greater than 1500ppm are indicated in cases of risk of severe caries.
- In case of gingivitis, the toothpaste must contain antimicrobial agents such as chlorhexidine or zinc salts for killing and preventing the proliferation of germs.
- For sensitive teeth, toothpaste should be based on arginine, calcium carbonate and fluoride.
- The feeling of discomfort and pain in any contact with hot or cold, sour or bitter, is certainly not very pleasant, which is why such toothpastes offer relief and protection to sensitive teeth.
- For children, the toothpaste should have mild ingredients, specialized composition, appropriate dosage of fluoride to suit the age of the child.
- In addition, it should have a pleasant taste in order to make brushing your teeth a pleasure!
- For people with diabetes, there is the possibility of choosing a specialized toothpaste that contains hyaluronic acid and micropeptides, preventing the effects of increased glucose in the oral cavity. More specifically, it helps hydrate the gums, reduces bone loss, fights microbial plaque and treats dry mouth.
Floss / interdental brushes
Flossing and interdental brushes are equally important for cleaning the areas between the teeth and below the gum line, i.e. the areas where the fibers of the toothbrush cannot penetrate.
Finally, to complete the basic daily care, we must use a fluoride mouthwash, which will also contain antimicrobial agents. The fluoride mouthwash enhances the protection of the teeth and helps maintain the freshness of the breath. Mouthwashes are only helpful and their use can not replace brushing and flossing.
In addition to the above, people with sensitive teeth in hot and cold can, after using the mouthwash, also use a protective gel for immediate pain relief.
In addition, its action is enhanced over time, creating a protective barrier for the enamel.
Dos and don’ts
- Avoid foods that stick to the teeth such as chewy sweets and sugary items.
- Do not use whitening products for a long time because they can wear out the tooth enamel and become sensitive.
- Do not use strong antiseptic mouthwashes for a long time.
- After 15 days, replace the antiseptic mouthwash with another ideal for daily use.
- Do not skip your annual visit to the dentist for plaque cleaning and checking.
- Thoroughly remove and clean any additional parts on a daily basis.
- Don’t use toothpicks on kids’ gums because they can easily injure their gums.
It’s time to be proactive and keep your kids teeth healthy and keep them with the brightest smiles for a lifetime.
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