Brushing your teeth made easy: Tips for children's dental care
A new study on oral health says that over 80 percent of children in Germany are caries-free - this means that the little ones are at the top of the world when it comes to oral hygiene. This is good news and great numbers, but how does this positive change or result come about?
Practical tips on how parents motivate their children for dental care every day, what a headlamp has to do with oral hygiene, when the little ones can use electric toothbrushes and why or which heavier guns one has to open in adolescents is known by the Berlin KU64 pediatric dentist Inke Supantia .
Inke Supantia, pediatric dentist from the KU64 dental practice in Berlin: “Time often does not play such a big role in child dental hygiene. Rather, it depends on the thoroughness. Ideally, parents get their little ones used to using an electric toothbrush early, i.e. at the age of three to four years. These are already available in bright colors with extra small brush heads.
The children then playfully draw the dental arch as if they were coloring and brush along the red gum garland. To check the success, tooth-coloring tablets are suitable for biting. Blue or purple color, depending on your preference, is deposited in the neglected areas, so that the plasterers are encouraged to touch up again there. Finally, the use of dental floss should not be missing, because dangerous bacteria accumulate in the interdental spaces. Parents often shy away from using it, but now dental floss sticks in funny animal shapes make it easier to use. If 'mom' or 'dad' arm themselves with a headlamp and research the supposed intruders in the oral cavity, they playfully integrate this important cleaning ritual into everyday dental care. At least up to the age of 8, parents should keep an eye on their children's dental hygiene and brush regularly.
In order to motivate young people, however, we put up heavier guns, because explanatory or instructive words often fail to reach their goal. That is why, for example, we scrape the coating off our teeth, put it on the patient's hand and say that he should lick the bacterial carpet and swallow it. The disgust for that alone is enough to trigger a rethink about oral health. ”