Regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste and regular preventive care dental appointments for check-ups, cleaning of teeth and fluoride treatment are key to good dental health for your child. But there are other things that you should be doing to support these. Read on for additional tips to help support your child’s oral health. They’ll thank you when they are older!
1. Teach them how to brush properly
When it comes to brushing, kids are usually over eager or less than enthusiastic. If they brush too hard, they could cause damage to their gums. Train your child on the correct techniques for brushing their teeth and gums while they are young so they can get into the habit. Some electric toothbrushes have timers so you can even make it into a game while they brush for the correct length of time. If you need a little assistance with this, ask your oral health therapist, who will be delighted to share correct brushing habits with your family.
2. Limit or cut out juices and sodas
Most non-fresh juices and sodas contain a lot of sugar that can be harmful to your child’s teeth. Cutting these out of their diet will reduce their exposure to sugar and the number of cavities they may face. If they must have one of these drinks from time to time, use a straw. However, healthy foods can also be a problem because they contain natural sugars and food acids.
3. Give your child water after every meal
Water is not only the best choice of drink for your child’s body, but also for their oral health too. Get your child into the habit of drinking a cup of water after every meal, as this will help to wash away any residue left on teeth from acidic or sticky foods. Tap water is best as it contains added fluoride to natural levels ideal for healthy teeth.
4. Always brush before bed
Brushing at night before your child goes to sleep will get rid of any plaque or germs that have appeared during the course of the day. Make it part of their getting ready for bed routine and explain to your child why it is important. Once they understand the reason they need to brush at night, it should hopefully seem like less of a chore.
5. Feed them crunchy produce snacks
Removing sweet treats from your child’s diet is helpful for their developing body and brain, as well as reducing the risk of cavities. Feeding your child snacks of crunchy fruit and vegetables such as apples and carrots gets their jaw working and will help to make it stronger.
Don’t neglect brushing and regular visits to your dental team
The best way to stay on top of your child’s oral health is by regular brushing and check-ups. Our team at Coburg Hill Oral Care are always delighted to welcome new patients, so book an appointment to come and see us today.