It is important your child’s baby teeth are clean and healthy, this is key to prevent decay and other dental problems. Making sure your child is cleaning their teeth is essential even before they develop their permanent teeth. Keeping an eye on what your child eats, their oral hygiene and how regularly they visit the dentist are all important when it comes to caring for your child's oral health.
How do I take care of my child’s teeth?
Brush two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste to prevent decay and cavities. Help your child to brush their teeth for 2 minuets and ensure all sides of the teeth have been brushed properly.
Regularly visit the dentist with your child. Dentists generally recommend starting regular dental cleanings and examinations once teeth grow in to make sure that they remain healthy and cavity-free. It is important that regular dentist visits continue when your child develops adult teeth.
Watch what your child eats, food and drink that are high in acid and sugar can cause cavities and weaken enamel. Limit the amount of sugary and acidic treats your child consumes, this will benefit your child’s overall oral hygiene.
How can I make oral health fun for my child?
Introducing proper oral hygiene is important for your child, as it gets them ready for when their adult teeth come through. There are many ways to keep brushing your child’s teeth fun, such as:
- Giving your child a toothbrush to play with so they can pretend to brush their toys teeth while you brush theirs.
- Let your child brush your teeth
- Downloading apps and songs which are played for the 2 minutes you are cleaning their teeth for.
- Offering awards can also be a good way to encourage teeth cleaning