✨‘You don’t have to brush all your teeth. Just the ones you want to keep’✨
The importance of Oral Hygiene cannot be overstated. Who doesn’t like the sight of perfectly aligned pearly whites? Although this is now possible with cosmetic treatment available to our generation; wouldn’t it be perfect if we could ensure it for our children naturally? But this would require work from the time our child pops out her very first tooth. And it is not so difficult - we just need to remember the three keys of Oral Health.
Diet covers all dos and don’ts related to food. Do eat nutrient rich fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to develop healthy eating habits in children. The moment a food item is packaged, nutrients have been stripped away from it through some processing or another. So, while we don’t need to avoid these altogether, we must ensure that we balance this with an equal amount of fresh food. Moderation and Balance is the key. Calcium, Vitamin D, Potassium rich foods are GO!! And Sugar and starch heavy foods are a BIG NO!!!
Brushing, flossing, rinsing…That’s all it takes.
Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (once the child is 3). Fluoride protects and rebuilds the enamel and prevents growth of harmful bacteria in teeth. Remember to brush all the teeth you want to keep which means we need to get to the sneaky ones at the back too. Sing a song in your head to ensure you don’t rush through this. My favourite is the Alphabet song twice!
Floss to remove all the yucky goo that escapes the bristles of the toothbrush. It is called plaque and is a sticky deposit that eats away at the tooth enamel causing cavities and looks pretty unsightly just like Captain Hook’s teeth.
Rinse - Teach your children to rinse their mouths with plain water every time they eat or drink something. This removes the food residue from the mouths and helps keep bad breath and cavities away.
Sucking the thumb, fingers or lips and using the pacifier for a long time are the main causes of mis-alignment of teeth. So, it is better to urge children to leave this habit at the earliest. You can use your fairy to help you through this.
Other habits like munching on something all day or popping toys in the mouth should also be discouraged. Visit a dentist regularly and talk about Oral Hygiene (let the children witness your morning and evening routine). All these help instill oral hygiene discipline in our kids.
Our fairies at My Enchanted Door have a vested interest in helping your kids develop a good Brushing routine. After all, not only do they want to avoid fainting when they kiss your children at night, but they also want perfect white teeth for the Tooth Fairy so she can carve toys with them. You can read about our Tooth Fairy Kit to know more.