How to take care of your child’s teeth
23 Aug 2016
Tooth decay can not only cause your child pain and distress, but it could also lead to more dental problems as they get older. That is why educating yourselves and your children on proper dental care is essential for your child’s oral health.
To help you out, we have put together some top tips to guide you on how to look after your child’s teeth and keep their smile nice and healthy.
Use fluoride toothpaste
Toothpastes which contain fluoride are excellent for preventing tooth decay and cavities in your children’s teeth. The minerals found in fluoride act as enamel protection which helps to fight against the acidity found in certain foods and drinks. Children under three years old require different strengths of fluoride to children that are 3-6 or 6+. That is why we recommend asking your dentist for advice on which toothpaste is most suited to your child’s age.
Get your child into a teeth-cleaning routine
Whether you brush your child’s teeth for them or they are old enough to do it themselves, it is important to get your children into an early teeth-cleaning routine. Brushing should begin as soon as your baby’s teeth start to come through, with parents applying a tiny amount of toothpaste to the teeth twice a day. As they get older, try to encourage your children to adopt a more thorough routine, which includes brushing the teeth for two full minutes at least twice a day. Children should also begin to floss as soon as they have two teeth together, so make sure you include a lesson on how to floss too.
Encourage healthy diet
Sugary foods and drinks are the main culprits when it comes to tooth decay. Even parents who are strict on their child’s intake of sweets and fizzy drinks often do not consider the fact that healthier snacks can have lots of sugar in too. Fruit juices, yoghurts and cereal, amongst other foods, can also contain tooth-decaying sugars that could affect your child’s teeth. It is important that your child understands that to prevent tooth decay, they must try to brush their teeth 30 minutes after consuming sugary food or drink.
Book a dental check-up
It is vital that you book your children in to see the dentist so that you can make sure there are no existing problems with their teeth and also confirm that they are properly educated on brushing. Most children start going to the dentist from the age of 5 onwards, however, at Bath Spa dentistry, we do not charge anything for dental examinations under 5 years-old and welcome parents who would like to bring their children in sooner.
For more information on children’s oral care, please take a look at our webpage: http://bathspadentistry.com/childrens-oral-health/
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