Who wants to go to the dentist? Read now how to prepare your child so that he or she is not afraid. Learn all about new treatment methods without fearsome drilling. And because prevention is better than drilling, you’ll also find the basics of dental care here.
Caries on milk teeth can later lead to damage to the permanent teeth, because caries in the milk teeth spreads quickly in the mouth and can also attack penetrating permanent teeth. Therefore, you should not take the care of your milk teeth lightly with the argument that they only need to last a few years.
A little basic information on dental care for children
1. wipe with a cloth: Start with the dental care as soon as the first tooth is there. Clean your baby’s teeth once a day, preferably in the evening before going to bed, with a clean cotton cloth (e.g. handkerchief) moistened with warm water.
2. brushing with the brush: at 18 months it is time for the first toothbrush. Brush your child’s teeth once a day, preferably before going to bed. It is sufficient to moisten the toothbrush with warm water. If your child is two years old, you should brush twice a day. Brush your child’s teeth by hand and let him brush alone later.
|My tip for dental care for small muffled teeth: It is better to brush your teeth thoroughly once a day than to brush them superficially twice a day! To effectively prevent tooth decay, the plaque must be removed as completely as possible once a day.|
3. use of toothpaste: if your child is two years old, you can use children’s toothpaste
to use. However, this should not invite you to swallow it with a too fruity-sweet taste!
4. fluoride for strong teeth: As long as your child receives fluoride tablets, the child’s toothpaste should be without fluoride so that there is no overdose of fluoride. However, various studies have shown that fluorides work best in direct contact with the tooth. You should therefore use a fluoride toothpaste suitable for children as early as possible. Only use as much toothpaste as will fit your child’s little fingernail and keep telling your child to spit it out.
5. Please clean up: Children under the age of six have neither the necessary fine motor skills nor the patience to clean each tooth so thoroughly that all plaque is removed. Therefore, you should brush once a day after your child has brushed his or her own teeth.
6. brushing according to the KAI scheme: always brush teeth in the same order (e.g. top right first, then left, then bottom right first, then left) so that no tooth is forgotten!
- The chewing surfaces of the cheek teeth may be brushed back and forth.
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|Important: Despite sealing the fissures, thorough cleaning is required, otherwise caries may spread even under the plastic. It is also important to have a half-yearly check-up with your dentist. Damaged seals can be detected and repaired early on.|
12 tips for visiting the dentist without fear
If your child is two to three years old, the first visit to the dentist is due. Maybe there is even a special pediatric dentist near you? At www.kinderzahnaerzte.de you can find out where the nearest paediatric dentist practices.
Usually, the first time your child visits the dentist, only one examination is required and no treatment, so your child can build trust with the dentist right from the start. These tips will help your child:
- Take your child with you when you visit your dentist. If your child experiences that you go to the doctor without fear, this is more convincing than many words. (However, if you have treatment coming up, it’s less convenient, because your child may be worried about you and may be nagging you about the treatment.) Even older siblings or a courageous friend can set a good example.
- Communicate a positive attitude. If you have a positive attitude towards the dentist yourself, have confidence in him and regard the visit as something to be taken for granted, this will also apply to your child. Verme >When you are very afraid, Bach flowers have a balancing and calming effect. Give your child 2 drops of Rescue Remedy (= emergency drops) from the storage bottle directly on the tongue at home, repeat if necessary in the practice. Alternatively: dissolve 4 drops in 200 ml water and drink within 10 minutes, repeat if necessary.
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