Dental health is really important for children, as good oral health during childhood vastly increases the chances of maintaining healthy teeth and gums during adulthood. here are six simple tips to boost your child’s dental health:
- Supervised brushing: supervising your child brushing their teeth is a way of ensuring that they do a good job and is particularly important for younger children who may need a little assistance with teeth cleaning.
- Set a timer: many children don’t brush for long enough and this increases the risk of dental disease. If you’re struggling to get your child to brush for the recommend 2 minutes, set a timer, buy an egg timer or out on their favourite song. Most songs last between 2 and 3 minutes, so encourage them to brush until the end.
- Limit treats: research shows that children are consuming more sugar than ever before and this is undoubtedly leading to increased rates of decay among very young children. Try to keep sweet foods as treats once or twice a week and avoid energy/sports drinks, fizzy pop and fruit juices, as these are the main offenders in cases of acid erosion.
- Keep up to date with check-ups: it’s really important for children to see a dentist on a regular basis and all children should have frequent check-ups from the age of 12-24 months. Dental visits get children used to going to the dentist and they also help to reduce the risk of decay significantly.
- Set a good example: children learn from the people around them, so make sure you set a good example and brush your teeth, visit your dentist and stick to a healthy and balanced diet.
- Replace toothbrushes: worn brush bristles don’t clean effectively, so make sure you replace your child’s toothbrush frequently, ideally every 3-4 months.
If you have any questions or concerns about children’s oral health, our dentists and dental hygienists will be happy to help!