It is important for your child to learn how to clean their teeth and maintain proper oral hygiene. Teeth should be cleaned as soon as they emerge. By starting early, your child would be able to get used to the daily routine.
Good oral health habits are essential as they would help them grow up with healthy smiles. Here are some of our tips on cleaning:
- Child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrushes would be suitable. To further soften the bristles, soak the brush in warm water for a couple of minutes before brushing.
- Brush your child’s teeth twice a day, concentrating on the back molars; an area where cavities often first develop.
- Ensure that your child does not swallow his/her toothpaste.
- For babies, simply wrap the cloth or gauze around your index finger and rub it gently over his/her gums. No toothpaste is required.
We highly encourage parents to take their child to the dentist at an early age, as young as possible. This allows them to establish a rapport with the dentist and become familiar with the environment. With that said, taking your child to the dentist when they are young helps to train them for future preventive care. Thus the dentist would be able to identify any dental health problems such as tooth decay at an early stage.
At Kong Dental, our dentists are trained in handling children and utilize the Tell-Show-Do technique. Firstly, we will explain to your child regarding what we’d like to do. Next, we will demonstrate the process in a fun way by using a puppet or doll. This helps them to cope with anxiety which would then allow for dentists to proceed with the procedure during the next visit.
We also encourage parents to bring their child along when seeking for their own dental treatments. It is very effective as the children would model after their parents and be more willing and less afraid to go through the dental procedures.
The Myobrace System is a no-braces approach to straightening your teeth and jaws.
Treatment uses myofunctional orthodontic techniques to address the poor oral habits (known as myofunctional habits) that are the real, underlying causes of crooked teeth and uses light, intermittent forces to align the teeth. This is done through the use of a series of removable dental appliances that are worn for just 1-2 hours each day and overnight while sleeping. Daily use of the Myobrace combined with regular activities (to improve breathing, muscle function and tongue posture) results in straighter teeth and improved function, leading to optimal facial development and a healthier smile.
What Causes Crooked Teeth
Did you know, 3 out of 4 children have crowded teeth and incorrectly developing jaws. These problems can be seen from as early as 5 years of age.Modern research has shown that crowded teeth, incorrect jaw development and other orthodontic problems are not caused by big teeth in small jaws or hereditary factors. Mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking (known as incorrect myofunctional habits) are the real causes. Allergies, asthma and an open mouth posture also contribute to incorrect jaw development. Growing up, most of us have had one or more of these myofunctional problems, which may have been the cause of incorrect dental and facial development.
For more information on Myobrace, contact us and speak to our dentist today.