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Archive for May, 2019

How to Care for Your Kids Toothbrush; Avoid Sharing, Change Every 3 Months & More

Smile Reef

There is a lot of things you have to do as a parent. As a child grows there are many things they are not able to do on their own. They depend on you to feed them, change them and get them where they need to go to name only a very small few. You also have to take a lot of time and effort to teach them about the world and how to care for their own body. A healthy diet, exercise and of course how to stay clean. This can be a real struggle when you are dealing with a messy little toddler but it is important. One area of their hygiene that you have to take over and continue to teach about is their oral health. They don’t have the ability to get all their teeth cleaned properly and floss when they need to. You want to also make sure they know about how to take care of their toothbrush as well. The toothbrush is a necessary tool and if it is not taken care of you are not going to get the cleanliness that you need. Smile Reef outlines what you need to know about taking care of your children’s toothbrush.

Negative Health Effects of Sharing a Toothbrush

It seems like your toddler wants to share just about everything with everyone. They will pull food off your plate or grab your shoes to walk around in. They love to share but when it comes to your toothbrush you want to make sure that you keep them all separate. The great thing is that they have many colors and brands that you can choose from. Get your child used to their specific one and make sure that they use only their own. The toothbrush can hold some bacteria that might come when your child is sick that you want to keep from transferring to someone else. This is a great way to keep germs from being shared.

Store Toothbrush Properly

One mistake you might be making when teaching your child how to care for their oral health is how they care for the toothbrush. You want to make sure that you clean the toothbrush thoroughly after you brush. You want to make sure that you rinse off the toothbrush and remove any leftover toothpaste. You also want to make sure that you keep the brush in an upright position so that the bristles can dry in the air. When you put it in a case or you put it in a drawer you are creating a space for bacteria and germs to grow. This can be dangerous to your child when they go to brush their teeth again.

Change Toothbrush Every 3 Months

You also want to make sure that you replace the toothbrush on a regular basis. The bristles can become damaged and worn out and that is why they need to be replaced. It is a good idea to keep an eye on the toothbrush and if it is damaged replace. Otherwise have it replaced every few months so that you have a fresh brush ready to go before it is damaged.

Pediatric Dental Care

Smile Reef can help to teach your kids about the best way to care for their oral health as well as the tools they need to use. Call us today!

What Age Does a Child Start Losing Baby Teeth & How to Pull Out a Loose Tooth Without Pain

Smile Reef

There are so many milestones that parents look forward to with their kids. Learning to roll over, sit, crawl, and walk are some of the very first milestones that your child will hit. After that there are new things that pop up throughout their life that you will be looking forward to as a parent. Here at Smile Reef we love hearing about some of the milestones that relate to your child’s teeth. Two important milestones are when your child gets their first tooth and when they lose their first tooth. Many times parents will call us and ask us about losing teeth. We have put together some fun information for you to learn about today.

What Age Does a Kid Lose Baby Teeth?

The first thing that most people want to know is when they can expect their children to start losing their teeth. Most children will start to lose their teeth around the ages of six or seven years old. If your child started getting their teeth earlier than normal they will likely start to lose their teeth early as well. The same is true if your child started getting their teeth late. You should not worry if your child does not start losing teeth at the average age though. It does not really matter when they start to lose them. Eventually all kids will lose their teeth just as they are supposed to.

How to Help a Child Prepare for Losing a Teeth

When your child gets a loose tooth it is a good idea to talk to them about what will happen when they lose their first tooth. You will want to tell them that losing their teeth is exciting. Some kids freak out when they lose a tooth because they think it is a problem. If they know that it is normal this will help them not be afraid. You will also want to let them know that there will be a little bit of blood when they their tooth falls out. Many kids freak out when they see blood so it is good to prepare them ahead of time for that. Not only will you want to let your child know what happens when they lose their tooth, you will also want to prepare them for what happens afterwards. Let them know that they will have a gap between their teeth until their adult tooth grows in. Over time their adult tooth will grow in. Tell them what it will look and feel like when this happens. You will also want to teach them about the importance of taking care of their adult teeth. Kids need to know that they only get one set of adult teeth and if they do not treat them with care they will lose them for good.

How to Pull Out a Loose Tooth

Your child may ask you how they can get their tooth to fall out. First you will want to tell them that the tooth must be loose first. No amount of trying will get a tooth that is not ready to fall out. Tell your kids that they will want to wash their hands before trying to wiggle their tooth once it is loose. They will want to wiggle it back and forth. Many times kids will only wiggle their tooth one way. If they do not wiggle their tooth both ways it will not come out as soon. Once their tooth comes out they can put their tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy to come. If they experience pain the day after they lose a tooth you will want to schedule an appointment here at Smile Reef. We can check and make sure that the area is not infected.

Pediatric Dental Care

Smile Reef hope that this information helped you know how to prepare your child for losing their first tooth. If you would like us to talk to them as well let us know at your next appointment!