All you need to know about dental hygiene for toddlers

At what age should young children start brushing their teeth?

Start brushing as soon as the first teeth appear. Use a soft brush and a toothpaste suitable for young children. Use until the age of 5 years a toothpaste enriched with fluorine at 500-700 ppm. From 5 years old, you can use a toothpaste enriched with fluorine at 1000 – 1500 ppm.

My baby is having his first tooth. What to do to reduce irritation?

Typical examples of irritation are: biting your fingers or other things, producing more saliva, being less hungry or having trouble with meals, having red cheeks or irritated gums where the teeth will grow. You can reduce the irritation by massaging the irritated gingiva with a clean finger or giving it a teething ring. This one can be cold, but certainly not frozen. All the children are fortunately not irritated at the appearance of the first teeth.

Why does my child need another toothpaste than me?

Children must use a toothpaste appropriate for their age (- 5 years or + 5 years), because they need a suitable fluoride rate. Too much fluoride can cause fluorosis (permanent white spots on teeth).

How do I know if my child brushes his teeth properly?

You can get tartar tablets from your pharmacist. Your child should keep these lozenges for two to three minutes in the mouth. They color the dental plaque and thus highlight the places that have not been properly brushed. Using them for the next few days, you will probably find that the same places are neglected each time. It is interesting to note that these pellets always reveal clear differences between left-handed and right-handed.

How are cavities formed?

Caries occurs because bacteria (dental plaque) turns food sugars into acid. This damages the tooth enamel and causes small holes in the tooth. Be careful with sugar, and do not forget to brush your teeth.

At what age should young children start brushing their teeth?

Start brushing as soon as the first teeth appear. Use a soft brush and a toothpaste suitable for young children. Use until the age of 5 years a toothpaste enriched with fluorine at 500-700 ppm. From 5 years old, you can use a toothpaste enriched with fluorine at 1000 – 1500 ppm.

Can my child use an electric toothbrush?

There are electric toothbrushes specially designed for children. With a little timer in the form of a melody. The movements are as effective as those reserved for adults, but a little less aggressive and the brushes are smaller and adapted to the mouths of children.

How to motivate my child to brush his teeth?

Brush a regular exercise during morning and evening rituals. You can motivate little children by singing a suitable song for two minutes. You can also listen to a little song that they like. Thus, they get to know the normal brushing time. Also tell them that by brushing their teeth well, they will benefit throughout life.

According to the dentist, it is possible to protect my child’s teeth with a coating. What does that mean?

Molar surfaces are covered with grooves and valleys. These are difficult to clean and thus form an ideal place for culture broth for bacteria. The dentist can clean the surfaces thoroughly and cover them with an artificial wax coating. This treatment is painless and very effective in preventing cavities.

How often do you go to your dentist for a check?

Children should make two to three visits a year to the dentist because they are more likely to develop cavities. Adults must visit their dentist once or twice a year for a check-up. This of course depends on their tendency to develop cavities, inflammation and tartar. The dentist can advise you on this.

An electric toothbrush, is it better than a manual brush?

Yes, an electric toothbrush removes up to twice as much dental plaque as a manual brush. Dental plaque is the big culprit in many cases of dental problems, such as cavities, tartar and inflammation of the gums. Since the small rotating brush takes care of the work, it is therefore very easy to brush your teeth correctly. Each tooth is treated individually, right down to the smallest corners. What is most important for proper dental hygiene is brushing your teeth regularly (twice for a minimum of two minutes a day) and correctly.

What are plaque and tartar?

Plaque is a thin, sticky layer on your teeth, made up mainly of bacteria. It is everywhere on your teeth, so between your teeth too. In 99% of cases dental plaque is responsible for dental problems. If you do not eliminate it every day by brushing your teeth properly and using dental floss, you may see cavities, bleeding gums, tartar, bad breath…

How to explain the appearance of tartar and how to avoid it?

Tartar is actually hardened dental plaque because of the calcium in the saliva. Dental plaque is a thin transparent layer that adheres to teeth, it is mainly made of food residues and bacteria. It is everywhere on your teeth, so between your teeth too. Dental plaque is the culprit No. 1 at the root of many dental problems. You can easily remove plaque by brushing your teeth every day – at least every day in every corner, inside and outside your teeth. Once the dental plaque is hardened and turned into tartar, you cannot eliminate it yourself, and the dentist must take care of it.

How to keep teeth and gums healthy?

Brush your teeth for at least two minutes a day and use regular dental floss. Make sure that your brushing technique is correct: brush in a circular motion to the smallest corners, both on the outside and on the inside. Or brush each tooth with an electric brush. It is important not to brush too vigorously, to prevent the gum from retracting, thus increasing the sensitivity. Consult your dentist once or twice a year to have your teeth checked.

What is a good toothpaste?

Always choose a fluoride-enriched toothpaste. Fluorine protects the tooth enamel. In addition, it is better to opt for a toothpaste that also addresses other common problems of the mouth: sensitive teeth, gums that bleed or tartar.