Tips for Good Children’s Oral Health
There’s a range of things you can do from a young age to ensure your child develops good oral hygiene habits and has a beautiful smile. Your dentist can offer a safe and comfortable environment for children of all ages. They offer a range of services to accommodate families, and we can treat patients of all ages.
Visit your dentist every six months, or twice each year
One of the most beneficial things you can do as a parent is ensuring your children visit their dental professional every six months. This should start from the age that their first baby teeth start to emerge, and continue through the rest of their lives. Frequent appointments with a trusted dentist can ensure that any issues are identified earlier and can easily be remedied before they turn into serious problems. Regular hygiene treatments will also support good dental health for your kids. Bringing your child to the dental professional isn’t always easy but it’s an important step.
Brush, brush, brush!
When it comes to maintaining a healthy smile, brushing and flossing are so important. As a reminder, you should brush twice per day and floss once per day. This will help to reduce the likelihood of plaque building up around your teeth and gums. Professional hygiene treatments at your dentist can help with that too. You can chat to your dental specialist for advice on the best toothpaste and toothbrushes to use to ensure a healthy smile.
Examine your child’s mouth
When your kids are really young, they may not be as conscious or aware of changes in their mouth. It’s important that your, as their parent or guardian, takes the time to regularly examine their mouth and see if any significant changes are taking place. If you happen to notice anything that you suspect is abnormal, it might be time to book a dentist appointment.
Set a good example
Monkey see, monkey do (and the same often goes for kids)! You need to set a good example by brushing your teeth regularly and visiting your dentist often. If you can demonstrate to your children that you follow good oral hygiene practices, then they are far more likely to get onboard and follow those steps themselves too.
Consider cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics
If your child has crooked or misaligned teeth, you may want to think about orthodontic treatment options such as braces, particularly as your child’s adult teeth have begun to seriously emerge, or when they are around 8 or older. While this option may not be the best solution in all cases, they are something that can be considered and discussed with your dentist. As children’s mouths develop rapidly, there may be ideal times when they can have orthodontic treatment, and other times when it could be inappropriate or counterproductive. Your dentist will be able to share this information with you during an initial consultation.
Always ask the question
If you’re uncertain about something relating to children’s dentistry, you should always ask! Our friendly dentists are here to help with any questions you may have. We are always happy to provide advice – there are no silly questions. Whether it’s a question about what toothpaste to use, or what age teeth should be coming through, we would love to explain the answers to you.
Maintain a well-balanced diet
Sugar is known to cause tooth decay, so you should aim to limit excessive sugar from your children’s diet where possible. Maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables won’t just improve your children’s oral health, but it will also boost their overall wellbeing. And for the record, healthy foods don’t have to be boring or tasteless! There are plenty of delicious meals that involve all your food groups and are considered healthy. Chat to your dentist about other foods to avoid for a healthy smile.