For most parents, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to keeping children’s teeth healthy on a regular basis, but a strict regimen of regular brushing, dental examinations and a healthy, low sugar diet is a great way to stand your child in good stead for their future.
To help you give your child all the tools to maintain a healthy mouth in later life, here is a mini-guide on how to keep your children’s teeth pearly white.
From teething age, youngsters need to have their gums cleaned with a warm damp cloth. Once their milk teeth begin to come through, infant’s and children’s toothbrushes can be used at least twice a day in conjunction with water and a pea-sized amount of children’s toothpaste (containing a tiny amount of fluoride), remember to always supervise children below the age of eight when they are learning to brush their own teeth.
Regular dental check up’s will further allow you to monitor the health of your child’s teeth and gums. Ideally, they will have seen their dentist by their first birthday, in order to establish good oral hygiene habits. This early experience will them less likely to fear the dentist and be comfortable visiting the Practice and brushing their teeth regularly.
When your child is older, their dentist may recommend the application of fissure sealant on their vulnerable back teeth, this completely covers crevices to protect against cavities for many years to come.
Limit or avoid foods that are excessively sugary or packed with refined sugars, especially sticky, gummy or chewy sweets that last for a long time, as this can cause tooth decay. If sugar is consumed, its best to let your child rinse their mouths with water afterward and brush their teeth to eradicate plaque. Ideally, sugary treats should be eaten straight after meals.
Keeping your children’s teeth healthy has never been easier.
Hopefully, you’re now more aware of the best ways to promote tooth health in children. If you need more information about oral hygiene routines, come and pay us a visit. Call us today to book an appointment on 01226 771471.