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As a start-up SME, we would like to share a narrative on DENTAL HEALTH FOR CHILDREN.
1. Why is it important?
Good habits start from young and last a lifetime.
Good teeth enable children to speak properly and portray self-confidence.
Avoid the possibility of losing milk teeth due to decay and/or other complications such as uneven growth of adult teeth.
Regular dental check-up detects and rectifies any problem early. Check out the pre-school and school dental care programs available.
2. Daily regimen in dental care.
Brush twice daily with kids’ toothpaste (before going to bed and waking up in the morning).
Guide them to systematic and complete brushing, in a fun way.
Systematic and complete brushing means brushing all surfaces of the teeth, i.e. outer, inner and chewing surfaces in both upper and lower jaws, from the front to back teeth.
Adopt a proper diet, e.g. fresh fruits versus dried fruits and limit the intake of sugary food.
3. Dental care tools for children.
Manual toothbrush. Recommend using one with soft bristles and rounded-ends, easy to hold and maneuver, as well as one with their favourite cartoon or idolized characters.
Power or electric toothbrush. It is easier to use and quite effortless for children. Oscillation provides more power in the brushing and is hence more effective in removing plaque, food debris and sugary residue that are caught along the gum line.
Toothpaste. Use children's toothpaste that suits different age groups with the appropriate level of fluoride, e.g. ≥1000ppm.
Brushing alone cannot remove plaque, bacteria and residues in interdental spaces. Therefore, flossing is an essential part of dental care regimen to upkeep healthy teeth. It can be even more important than a toothbrush. Flossing may start from as young as 3 years old under parental supervision and until they reach the age of 8-10.
Traditional string flossing. Although it is functional in removing plaque and food residues trapped in between teeth, it can be difficult for children to do it correctly and completely, especially on their back (or molar) teeth.
Modern dental water jet or water flosser. It works by oscillating a thin stream of water with pulsed pressure, effectively rinsing off plaque, bacteria, food and sugary residues that are caught in the gum line or interdental spaces. Many dentistry publications have validated the efficacy of water flossing. It is also highly recommended for children who experience bleeding gum when string flossing, have sensitive teeth and children (or teens) who are wearing orthodontic appliances such as braces. Water flossing is much easier and more fun to apply as compared to traditional string flossing. Children simply need to select a lower pressure flossing mode and aim the jet tip at the gum line then start flossing from the back to the front teeth, shifting from outside and inside of the teeth and both upper and lower jaws.
Raldmoyer© is proud to offer a product from its line-up, Dental Water Jet AT120, with patent-pending children's mode, as well as several other advanced attributes. It is built with the option of gentler pulsed pressure spray that is suitable for children or adults with very sensitive gum. Product quality is assured with 24 months warranty against manufacturing defects (registration required).