Teeth Care For Your Kids Every Stage and Every Age
Caring for our teeth is a fundamental part of our overall health and well-being.
Helping our children cement good habits start early, and continues all the way through their childhood and adolescence. Here’s a quick guide for every age and stage, each with its own challenges and milestones, so you don’t miss anything!
4-24 months Baby teeth
Your baby is getting his first tooth, going from a gorgeous gummy smile to a couple of pearly whites!
Now is the time to get into the habit of brushing. Use a kid-friendly toothbrush, for the appropriate stage to help make the process fun, and easy to get your little one to clean their teeth. Oral B has many great toothbrushes to choose from here.
Now’s the time to…
...make it fun! Use the Oral-B timer app to add a little magic to the process.
Click here to download the app from the iTunes store
Click here to download the app from the Google Play store.
Ready, set, brush!
By 3 years of age your child will probably have their full set of primary teeth: that’s 20 in total. Healthy teeth are white with no spots or streaks, and healthy gums are pink and smooth.
You should help your child clean her teeth at least twice a day. Find a list of Oral B toothpastes here that include product reviews that will help you find the perfect toothpaste for your little one!.
Now’s the time to...
...to book a dentist visit. Between your child’s first and second birthday is a good time to visit the dentist. A pediatric dentist specialising in young kids will make the experience fun and memorable for all the right reasons!
Oh, it’s time for the tooth fairy to pay you a visit! Around age 6 your child will start losing her baby teeth and getting her permanent teeth.
Continue to support good habits. Flossing is part of a good oral hygiene regime, and as your child’s dexterity develops you can help them to learn how to floss on their own. Here’s a handy guide to teaching your kid how to floss.
Now’s the time...
...you can introduce an electric toothbrush. From age three upwards your little one can start using a pulsating brush, check out some of Oral B’s electric toothbrushes here. Not only will it make brushing more fun, but it is also much better at keeping plaque away!
Little by little your child’s gappy smile is being replaced with her permanent teeth.
Starting to take responsibility for their own dental care, your child is starting to make their own food choices that will impact their teeth. Support this by having the right foods available at home, like fruits and vegetables, and teaching them the importance of a balanced diet to overall health, and good oral health too. For more information healthy teeth can impact overall health, click here
Now’s the time…
...to be a teeth role model! Our children watch closely at what we do, more than listen to what we say. Make sure you model good dental habits yourself, by brushing, flossing and using mouthwash in front of them.
13-18 years Stage
Your teen should be starting to see the importance of oral hygiene in their life. This stage is one of change: third molars (wisdom teeth) may or may not make an appearance, and having a fresh breathe becomes paramount for your teen.
As your teen asserts her independence dental care habits might slip - support them in this challenging time by visiting the dentist regularly and highlighting the importance of oral hygiene to their overall health.
What stage is your child at? How do you best support them in their care for their teeth?