Dental care for babies and children
The awareness for dental hygiene and care for babies and children has developed enormously. With the right dental care, you can lay the foundations for healthy teeth. You can find a range of information here, from looking after milk teeth to children independently brushing their teeth.
Healthy teeth from the start
Teeth have to last for a very long time. The foundations are laid during childhood and adolescence for being able to grow old with your own teeth. This is why parents rightly ask when they should start brushing their baby's teeth.
The answer is as follows: Dental care for babies starts as soon as the first teeth push through the baby's gums. This usually occurs at around six months, which means that it is time for parents to look after their offspring's oral hygiene. Optimum caries prophylaxis for children should start with looking after the milk teeth. They should not be neglected by arguing that the first teeth only have to last a few years. If parents miss the start of dental care, this will be apparent later on in the permanent teeth. If the milk teeth are affected by caries, the bacteria in the oral cavity can multiply and become a risk for the permanent teeth. Incidentally, the teeth are mostly at risk of caries during eruption of the tooth. Furthermore, the baby teeth act as placeholders for the permanent teeth. If they fall out prematurely, this endangers the function of the entire chewing organ and impairs the child's bite development.
Dental care for children – using the right brush
Of course, you have to take great care when brushing your baby's teeth. Dentists recommend brushing the milk teeth at least once a day with a soft, moistened baby toothbrush or a soft cotton bud. If this is done on a regular basis, the baby gets used to this ritual from the beginning. Special baby toothbrushes with soft bristles and non-slip handles also help here. Even special finger toothbrushes, i.e. finger gloves made of silicone with gentle rubber bristles, stimulate the gums and help the baby to get used to brushing.
Checking and brushing again by parents
Many parents look online to see how they can support their child's dental care. One of the most important pieces of advice is the recommendation to check and brush again. Parents can only count on their children being able to brush their teeth independently and systematically when they have learnt to write. Until then, parents should check and brush again. Even in the first years of school, it is always worth regularly checking the teeth. Particular attention should be paid to the first permanent molar teeth as their structured chewing surface makes them susceptible to caries.
How do I optimally brush my child's teeth?
Thoroughness is not the sole factor for optimally brushing your child's teeth. During childhood, the foundations are laid for preserving your own teeth for a long time. Caries prophylaxis for children is therefore an important factor. Healthy teeth form the basis. After the milk teeth have been protected thanks to the special care and attention from the parents, who also brush again or check during the first school years to help prevent caries, attention must now be paid that schoolchildren are brushing independently. Parents show their children the right dental care and how they can keep their teeth perfectly clean.
This is based on the COI formula:
- C: The chewing surfaces are brushed in this stage.
- O: In this stage, the child practises making circular brushing motions on the outside of the teeth, making sure that the teeth are not closed too tightly together.
- I: Now comes the brushing of the inside of the teeth, i.e. "sweeping" the teeth. Experts advise to not just focus on thoroughness at the beginning, but rather to allow the child to have enough time to understand why and how their teeth should be brushed.
Which toothpastes are suitable for babies and children?
Previous dental care for babies and children shows that there are various products with different concentrations of fluoride. Here, you must observe the recommendations for age and quantity, e.g. pea size amount. Since Kinder Karex does not contain fluoride, but instead uses hydroxyapatite, a natural active ingredient, this makes it the perfect toothpaste for all age groups. It is important to know that an overdose is not possible with Kinder Karex because hydroxyapatite occurs naturally in bones and teeth.