6 TIPS FOR YOUR CHILD’S ORAL CARE


A child’s smile is beautifully contagious. A blend of mischief, imagination and lots more that instantly leaves us beaming. This little smile requires extra care that must begin at an early age, as childhood dental caries can appear right from infanthood, making oral hygiene a must!

Following are some easy dental tips that can help maintain your precious’ healthy smile:

1. Brushing

For infants, gently wiping the gums with a clean and soft washcloth or wet gauze after each feeding is the simplest way to ensure good oral hygiene. Once the formation of teeth commences, the habit of brushing can be initiated with age appropriate, soft-bristle toothbrush that gently removes plaque from their teeth and gums. Brushing helps best when done twice a day, i.e., morning and night. (Note – Replace the toothbrush every three-four months, or may be sooner if it is worn out.) 

2. Fluoride Toothpaste 

Once a child is capable of spitting at the age between 24-36 months.  Apply only a smear or something lesser than pea-sized drop of toothpaste to the toothbrush and assist them in brushing, spitting the toothpaste foam out and rinsing their mouth. Knowing that children have a tendency to swallow toothpaste, and missing out on certain areas of their mouth, assisting them till an age where they have mastered the practice is advised. (Note - It is ok if they don’t rinse the mouth with water because a little amount of fluoride is actually good to protect teeth.) 

3. Smile Check 

Pre-schoolers should have regular oral health assessment to diagnose, treat or prevent the onset of dental problems. Scheduling regular dental check-ups can help the parents understand teething and keep a track of their little one’s oral health.

 4. Diet & Oral Health 

There is a strong connection between nutrition and oral health. Healthy food provide essential nutrients for optimum oral health and overall health. Inculcate the habit of eating healthy snacks  such as grains, milk, cheese, yoghurt, raw  vegetables and fruit. Cut back on sugary foods and soft drinks to ensure healthy teeth and gums.

(Note – Daily intake of  milk and dairy products is highly recommended are these are rich in calcium and help build strong teeth.)

5. Practice What You Preach 

 You are the best role model for your child. Thus always make sure to take care of your own oral health as well. Look at making the dental care a fun activity rather than a chore. Brush and floss together to foster the habit of oral hygiene in the entire family.

6. Watch Their Habits

Letting the child fall asleep with milk bottle in his mouth, prolonged use of pacifiers, tongue thrusting, lip/thumb sucking, can cause  seriously damage to oral health. Encourage children to break these habit by replacing it with other soothers.

Although baby teeth fall out, they play an important role in helping your child bite and chew food, and also in speaking clearly. Good teeth pave way for a great smile, so give an early start to caring for your little one’s teeth! 

Note- The content is for opinion purpose only. For any recommendations, please consult with a healthcare professional.

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Celebrate Holi with your preschooler

                                                   

The tunes of ‘’rang barse,’’ gulal and pichkari bring so much excitement to everyone irrespective of the age. Young children hop and run around and pick notorious ways to gun someone with their pichkarees. Here’s a list of things that can help you devise more fun ways to celebrate Holi.

Have a pep talk Why Holi?

 A role play can be organised on mythological tales associated with Holi. The play can portray characters of Hiranyakashipu, Holika, Lord Narsimha and the little Prahlad. This will lead to better understanding of the significance of Holi in a play way method.

Take them to the Holika dahan

The night before Holi, pyres are burn, where a piece of wood is put by everyone. You can encourage your child to participate in the puja by letting him contribute his piece of pyre. Ensure that the children stay at a safe distance from the bonfire. In addition to reinforcing the Holi story, this can serve as a reminder that one should be careful with fire. Alternately you can go for a fire free version of the holika dahan at home itself where you can even enact the story for the child.

Ground rules

Toddlers are always super-charged. They get super excited during celebrations when they see the hull-gulla around. In order to restrain them from falling or hurting themselves, brief them some Holi rules beforehand.

·         no shooting pichkarees directly on the face

·         ‘no’ to water balloons as they can cause injuries

·         choose lighter colours (as darker colours contain more harmful chemicals)

·         Give a timeout – Limited time for the play

·         instruct to close his/her eyes and lips if someone applies colour on his/her face, or    throws water towards him/her

·         maintain hydration by drinking water

·         avoid wet-dry-wet situation

·         use sunglasses to protect eyes from dusty air and sun

·         keep first aid kit handy 

Use safe colours

As we get geared up to celebrate the festival of colours, it’s natural of parents to get apprehensive to use synthetic colours. Synthetic colours contain harmful ingredients which can cause skin irritation, allergies, hair loss, edema and erythema. Opt for organic colours even if they cost a little more. They are safer and do not irritate skin.

Protect skin and hair

Apply oil or sunscreen all over your child’s body (skin and hair) before he/she goes out to play Holi. Oil forms a protective layer on skin and will not allow colour to stick to body. It even eases removal of any colour stains. Tip to avoid nail staining – paint their finger and toe nails with transparent nail polish and clean them after a bath.

Dress appropriate

Dress your child in jersey linen which can easily strain the water and keep them dry. Also, try to make them wear full sleeved clothes and which are long on the legs so the exposed body are is limited. 

Note - Kids should play Holi under adult supervision and away from frenzied mob