Explain various ways of promoting good dental hygiene in children.    

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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This is a good question and there are several things that a parent or adult can do to promote good dental hygiene. Let me list a few of them.

  • It is important to start with modeling behavior. A child will pick up on what parents do. So, if a parent takes care of his or her dental hygiene, then it will pass along to their children.
  • It is also good to educate. It is surprising how many children (and adults) do not know the basics of oral hygiene. Education is key.
  • With these basic points, it is important for children to brush and learn how to brush well.
  • After brushing, a child should also learn to floss on a regular basis and use fluoride to their strengthen teeth.
  • There should also be regular visits to the dentist. Sometimes it takes a professional to tell you something, instead of a parent. This can go a long way.
  • There should also be healthy habits, such as not eating too many sweets and candies that are particularly bad for teeth.
  • Finally, parents may want to reinforce good behavior.

In conclusion, the earlier you start with good oral hygiene, the better it is for the child.


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loraaa | Student | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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Cavities, also known as tooth decay, occur when plague, the sticky substance that forms on teeth, combines with the sugars and / or starches of the foods that we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel.

Tooth decay is also the second most prevalent disease in the United States (the common cold is first). Fortunately, cavities can be easily prevented.

1. Brush Your Teeth

In the fight against cavities, it is essential that you brush your teeth properly at least twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride. 2. Floss Daily Food debris gets caught in between our teeth when we eat. If the debris is not removed, it can lead to cavities. Flossing everyday is the best way to remove food debris from in between the teeth.

3. Eat Healthy

Proper nutrition plays an important role in good dental health. Eating nutritional snacks and limiting the amount of sugary drinks will help to prevent plaque from forming on the teeth.

4. Visit Your Dentist

Many cavities can only be detected by a dentist or a dental X-ray. Visiting your dentist for regular check ups and cleanings are a key factor in preventing cavities and staying on top of good oral hygiene.

5. Have Sealants Placed

Dental sealants are a protective coating that is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant protects the tooth from getting a cavity by shielding against bacteria and plaque. Sealants are more common in children because of the new growth of permanent teeth, however, sealants can benefit adults to.

6. Use a Mouthrinse

There are several antimicrobial mouth rinses on the market that have been clinically proven to reduce plaque, such as Listerine or Crest Pro Health. Rinsing with one of these mouth rinses after brushing or eating can aid in cavity prevention.

7. Chew (Sugarless) Gum!

Believe it or not, chewing certain sugarless gums can actually help to prevent cavities by increasing the flow of saliva in your mouth. In 2007, the American Dental Association awarded their Seal of Acceptance to Wrigley's Orbit, Eclipse and Extra chewing gums for helping to prevent cavities.