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Good dental hygiene is essential to prevent cavities in children. Brushing your teeth properly after each meal, but especially at night, is essential to prevent bacteria from the mouth from coming into contact with food and producing an acid that damages tooth enamel.
Learning to brush your teeth like a game is essential. The dentist Gustavo Camañas assures that parents have the mission of teaching their children this habit by playing and taking them to the clinic for a dental cleaning once a year.
How should a baby's oral cleaning be during his first year of life?
Very thorough, above all. The first teeth come out when the baby is 4 to 6 months old and for them it is very traumatic because it is painful and usually affects them with diarrhea or fever, in some cases. For this reason, dental cleaning should cause well-being in the baby and be done with a gauze moistened in warm water.
This gauze should be placed on the finger and passed over the surface of the baby's teeth. The act must be simple and natural. It is important to also go over the gums with a gentle massage and do it as a game, which causes well-being. The child should not associate dental hygiene with a traumatic experience.
How should we clean the teeth of children from 1 to 3 years old?
We have to play with them because it is the most important time of training for the child to perform a correct oral hygiene technique throughout his life. The brushes should be of soft bristles and the toothpaste adapted to the childhood. Children should be taught to clean their teeth all over their faces as if it were a game. Parents are on a mission to teach this habit by playing.
From what age can we whiten children's teeth?
Teeth can be whitened from the age of 16 because whitening products are a bit harsh. However, we do use tested bleaches, which contain potassium nitrate, which is a calming substance. Dental whitening in the clinic does not harm the teeth because the whitening cleans the dentin, which is the layer that is before the nerve and the nerve will not be affected by dirt.
Whitening is indicated in 90 percent of cases, but not in children, until they are 16 or 17 years old.
How often should children have their teeth cleaned at the clinic?
From 6 or 7 years old, we can do the first dental cleaning. It should not be as exhaustive as that practiced on an adult. A special brush is used, similar to an electric toothbrush, with a fluoride paste. Ultrasound is usually not passed to remove tartar. Cleaning should be done once a year.
What should we do when our child's gums bleed?
The bleeding of the gums in both children and adults is a witness that jumps to announce that something is happening in the supporting tissue of the teeth. It is urgent because it can cause gingivitis, which is reversible, but not the next degree of gingivitis, which is periodontitis or pyorrhea. Therefore, if the gums bleed continuously, it is best to go to the dentist as soon as possible.
Marisol New. Copywriter
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