Buying Oral Hygiene Products for Kids

childrens dental productsTooth decay is one of the most common childhood illnesses, yet it can easily be prevented by dedicating a few minutes a day to oral hygiene. Brushing and rinsing the teeth helps to remove traces of food and bacteria, which helps to reduce the risk of plaque forming and subsequently reduces the risk of bacteria attacking the teeth and gums. In order to promote good oral health it is important to try and get kids involved in a good daily oral hygiene routine from a very early age. You can start to look after your baby’s teeth as soon as they come through and as soon as they are old enough, encourage them to hold the toothbrush and brush independently. But being able to instill a good level of oral hygiene in your child can be a tricky job, which is why there are a multitude of oral hygiene products available today that cater for children.

Making teeth cleaning fun

The best way to give your child a great chance at a healthy set of teeth is to try to make sure teeth cleaning is fun. This can be done by buying exciting, fun looking products and making up games to play which involve cleaning their teeth; for example, challenge them to see how long they can brush for.

Which products should I buy?

Nowadays, there is a huge range of oral hygiene products on the market and it can be confusing trying to choose the best one to suit your kids. As a general rule, it is always better to go for children’s products, as they have been developed specifically for kids and have the recommended fluoride levels. However, children over the age of three can use adult toothpaste but they will probably prefer to use kids’ products because they usually look more exciting and taste nicer. Most of the big brands have a range of products specifically for kids and you can now find toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouthwash for children. You can also choose from a range of designs and many products feature popular TV, cartoon and film characters, which will help to encourage children to brush their teeth.

Popular kids’ hygiene products include:

  • Oral B and Colgate character toothbrushes and toothpaste, which feature Spongebob Square Pants, Winnie the Pooh, Dora the Explorer, Batman, Pirates of the Caribbean and Disney Princesses.
  • Oral B character floss, which once again includes many of your children’s favorite characters.
  • Aquafresh Milk Teeth range, which includes fun characters known as Nurdles to help children enjoy teeth cleaning.

Kids today watch more television than ever before so a popular character can have a very strong influence on children. Telling them, for example, that Cinderella or Captain Jack Sparrow brush their teeth twice a day will encourage them to do the same.

Kids’ oral hygiene products tend to be milder than adult products and many are flavoured to appeal to kids. Some toothpastes are bubblegum or strawberry flavour, for example. Many brands now have electric toothbrushes for kids. These have been clinically proven to remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes and may also be easier for kids to use. If you are struggling to decide which product to go for, ask your dentist for advice.

Benefits of good oral hygiene

Oral health is an indicator of general health so it is really important to encourage your kids to get involved in oral hygiene as early as possible. Numerous studies have shown that poor oral health can affect children’s general health and prevent them from attending and concentrating in classes. Each year, over a million classroom hours are lost due to dental health problems. A good oral hygiene routine during childhood also provides an excellent foundation for oral health during the teenage and adult years and children who have good oral health are more likely to enjoy good oral health later in life. In addition to good oral hygiene, it is also important to teach children about healthy eating and take them to the dentist on a regular basis; this will also contribute to good overall health.

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  1. Antoinette de Janasz says:

    Excellent article! I’m glad to see you promoting dental hygiene for children. With oral health being integral to overall health it is extremely important that children develop good dental hygiene habits at an early age. This will help ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles!