Junior Oral Hygiene Care - Age 3 to 6 Years
Parents continue responsibility for cleaning your child’s mouth, allowing your child to participate according to interest and dexterity.
Begin flossing in any areas where teeth are touching. The best time to brush and floss your child’s teeth is at bedtime. Since there is very little saliva flowing during sleep, it is important to have clean teeth at this time.
Over-threes can use a pea-sized amount of ordinary toothpaste when brushing as they should be spitting well by now. The best way to teach a child how to brush is to lead by good example.
Show your child when you brush and floss your teeth. This helps to teach him the importance of good oral hygiene.
Provide nutritious, well-balanced meals. Plan snacks that contribute to daily nutrient intake and enhance dental health. Make sure your child gets the fluoride needed for strong tooth enamel.
At age three, your child should start on a regular schedule of dental check-ups including fluoride treatments to give added protection against decay. The dental check-up should be scheduled at a three months interval. Once your child has attained consistently good oral hygiene and dental health, the check-up could be scheduled to six monthly.
The pedodontist may also advise the use of Fissure Sealants to protect all the primary molars once they are erupted. Fissure sealants act as shields in sealing out decay.
At each check-up, the pedodontist will determine the appropriateness of sealants for your child, and if already placed, they will check the integrity of each sealant and repair or replace if necessary.