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Oral Care for Children at Walgreens

Looking after children's dental health should be a priority for all parents. Getting kids into good teeth cleaning habits when they are young sets them on the right track to lifelong dental health. It is also best to keep your child's mouth clean as this can prevent the growth of bacteria that can lead to common oral problems like cavities and gum disease.

Keeping Baby's Mouth Clean

Even before your baby has teeth, bacteria can start to colonize his or her mouth. To keep your infant's mouth clean, you can gently wipe the gums with a clean, damp cloth, or use a soft finger brush to remove debris and bacteria. Before long, the first teeth will start to emerge, and you can use a baby tooth gel to clean them. Use a soft brush designed for cleaning infants' mouths to softly work the gel over the teeth and gums.

Teething Problems

Teething can be a tough time for babies and parents alike. The feeling of the first teeth breaking through the gums can be painful, and even the most serene of children can become irritable and fussy during this time. There are a variety of products that can help your baby cope with the ordeal of teething, including pain-relieving gel and natural homeopathic remedies. These children's teething relief products can help to relieve the pain that your child is feeling, allowing them to get through that difficult teething period more easily.

It's important not to use adult oral pain relief products on teething children. Teething gels are specifically designed to deliver a dosage of painkilling medication that is appropriate for a small child. Always read the packaging carefully and follow the directions for use.

Caring for Children's Teeth

Once teeth come through, they need to be cleaned every day. Until your children are able to do it themselves, you will need to brush their teeth for them. Use a soft, child-size brush and a children's toothpaste to clean kids' teeth. Rinse the child's mouth afterwards to minimize swallowing.

Getting Kids to Brush

You should encourage your children to brush their own teeth as soon as they are able to do so. Teach them the following good habits: brushing for a minimum of two minutes every morning and evening, angling the bristles towards the gumline, and making sure that all surfaces of the teeth - including the backs - are thoroughly cleaned.

Sounds simple, right? But as all parents know, getting children to do the things they need to do every day can be a challenge! The good news is that there are plenty of oral care products that are designed to appeal to children's sense of fun and encourage them to take better care of their teeth. Let your child choose a kids' toothbrush that they like - perhaps one that is their favorite color or that features a much-loved cartoon character. If your child complains about the taste of toothpaste, there are alternatives to the standard mint flavor, including strawberry, watermelon, and bubblegum.

With so many children's health care products, your kids really have no excuse for not cleaning their teeth! Encourage them to stick to a regular schedule for brushing and flossing to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

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