If you’ve read the news lately, you may be aware that rates of decay are on he increase in young children and we are here to help prevent toddler troubles and ensure your child enjoys strong and healthy teeth and gums. It’s never too early to start looking after your child’s teeth and we look forward to welcoming children to the clinic.
The importance of children’s oral health
Oral health is really important for children and adults. The milk teeth are designed to fall out, but this is no reason to neglect children’s teeth and losing the baby teeth prematurely can actually have negative implications for oral health in the future. Decay is preventable, yet thousands of children as young as 2 and 3 years old suffer from it; we aim to encourage parents to take steps to protect their child’s teeth and prevent them from suffering from tooth pain.
Taking good care of your child’s teeth when they are young will not just prevent them from suffering, but it will also stand them in good stead for good oral health when they are older. Studies also show that children who have healthy teeth are more likely to do well at school, as their concentration is better and they don’t have to miss valuable classroom time.
There are some very easy steps you can take to reduce the risk of decay, including:
- Good oral hygiene: it’s important that children learn to brush their teeth as soon as they start to show an interest in holding a brush. Initially, parents will have to help and really, teeth cleaning should be supervised until children are around 5 or 6 years old to ensure they brush properly and for the recommended time. If teeth cleaning is a battle ground, try playing a song to brush along to and buying products that are designed specifically for kids.
- Diet: sugar is one of the main reasons so many children suffer from decay today. Try to opt for healthy alternatives to fizzy drinks, sweets, fruit juice, cakes and chocolate bars and encourage your child to eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. It’s particularly dangerous to graze on sugary and acidic foods between meals, so try to stick to healthy snacks.
- Dental check-ups: it’s really important to keep up to date with check-ups and we hope to see children every 6 months from an early age.