Today I will describe the 5 mistakes, which the parents of our young patients say that they often make:
1) “OUR CHILD IS NOW OLD ENOUGH TO BRUSH HIS TEETH ALONE”
Manual dexterity develops in the process of a child’s growing-up. Similar to drawing and coloring, without leaving the outlines, the quality of toothbrushing develops and improves through the years. We must not rely on children to brush their own teeth, because the easier access to the front teeth means that they would only brush them ;), and the teeth in the back, due to the more difficult access, would remain untouched. And both front and back teeth need hygiene! It is much easier for a parent to see and brush all tooth surfaces in an open mouth. In this case, it is recommended to have child’s head resting firmly against the wall (and the youngest toddlers and babies may have their teeth brushed, while lying on the changing table). From the age of 4 we can let children brush their own teeth in the morning, while the bedtime hygiene remains parents’ responsibility. The earlier we begin to establish the teeth- brushing habit, the less resistance and denial we will meet. Between the ages 7 and 10, parents should only supervise the teeth-brushing and only occasionally join in with some help and motivation.
2) “WE ONLY BRUSH THE TEETH IN THE MORNING, THE CHILD IS TOO TIRED AND SLEEPY IN THE EVENING, AND WE CAN’T MANAGE TO DO THE BRUSHING”
The lack of time is no excuse for the absence of enough will to brush the teeth before bedtime! There is a wise saying that we brush our teeth in the morning for beauty, and in the evening – for health! When brushing the teeth before bedtime, this improves the oral health by removing any food residues, reducing the caries risk and balancing the oral microflora! If we don’t go to bed with unbrushed teeth ourselves, there is no way we can allow that for our child. That is why you should be the Good example for your children!
3) “THE MORE TOOTHPASTE, THE BETTER CLEANING“
Toothpaste is an indispensable part of the good oral health protocol for both children and adults. The ingredients and consistency of the paste must be suitable to the child’s age. It helps the mechanical plaque removal, prevents the formation of new plaque, improves gum health and fresh breath. But a larger amount of paste on the teeth does not mean that a better job can be done with less effort and less movements of the brush. Remember, the sufficient quantity of toothpaste is the size of a lentil, or maximum – a small pea!
4) “WE USE AN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH, WE DON’T NEED ANYTHING ELSE FOR HYGIENE“
Electric toothbrushes are not universal means for good dental hygiene! They are only recommended for specific patient groups, and for a limited time only. The inconvenience of these brushes is related to the monotonous movements, the possible trauma they may cause in case of stronger pressure, the risk of missing the teeth surfaces that are positioned far back in the mouth, where the brush cannot reach, because of its higher head.
5) “WE USE HARD BRUSHES, THEY BRUSH BEST“
The best toothbrush is the MANUAL brush with SOFT bristles. It provides fine and non-aggressive cleaning of the plaque, eliminates deposits, but requires longer cleaning time, which prolongs the stay in the bathroom J The movements must always be from Red towards White, from the gums, towards the tooth.
Wishing you healthy teeth and gums!