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26 May

Keeping healthy children’s teeth


Kids love sweets, chocolates and anything else that is loaded with sugar.

Unfortunately, all these foods cause cavities. Meanwhile, they usually run away at the sight of a toothbrush. As parents, we must ensure our little ones practice good oral hygiene. Nail these tips, and you will put the kids on the right path to continue good oral hygiene routines as they grow older.

Watch their diet 

What food children consume affects their oral health immensely. You may not realise it, but even healthy foods and drinks often have very high sugar content. Fruit juice is an excellent example of this. Many parents believe it’s great because it’ll be one of their kids 5 a day, but many of these juices have very high amounts of sugar that can start decaying your child’s teeth. Limit sugary snacks and treats as well. Usually, foods like sweets and chocolates are a child’s heaven, but these snacks erode teeth enamel and make them vulnerable to cavities.

Dont share germs

As a family, sometimes people feel it’s expected to drink from identical cups and share utensils. But do not share pacifiers, bottles, utensils or other items with your kids or allow them to be shared with others. Our mouths are filled with bacteria, and the that passes through those objects is unhealthy. Do not normalise sharing objects you put in your mouth. Be sure to sanitise all items in your children’s mouths to prevent bacterial infections.

Be a role model

Kids imitate those around them; it’s in their nature. If they see you brushing twice a day, every day, they will mimic you. If you demonstrate good oral habits, they will, too. Allowing your kids to brush their teeth with you may also make the experience a bit more fun for them.

Many children don’t brush correctly or avoid brushing altogether because they see it as a chore. Brushing with you, allowing children to buy TV character toothbrushes and making brushing time fun will entice them to brush their teeth. As more teeth come through, use age-appropriate toothbrushes with a small amount of toothpaste for children to get used to the taste.

Teach them good habits.

Brushing isn’t something that comes naturally; it is learnt. Brushing correctly and effectively needs to be taught. Show kids under the w to use a rice-sized amount of toothpaste and brush each side of their mouth. Once kids understand how to spit rather than swallow the paste, they can use a pea-sized amount. When teeth have grown to touch each other, kids can begin to floss and rinse with mouthwash daily.

Rather than sending them into the bathroom and getting on with it alone, turn brushing into a family affair you can do together. If you brush with them, you will be able to monitor their brushing technique and correct them when necessary. Children usually need supervision when brushing their teeth until they are 8 years old.

See a dentist 

You must start visiting the dentist as soon as you see teeth grow on your little ones. The dentist will be able to examine whether there are any cavities or decays and will be able to advise you on how to ensure the best oral care routine for your child. Starting these visits from a young age is imperative; it also helps children get used to the dentist and reduces their fear. We are probably just a short walk away if you live in St John’s Wood or Maida Vale.

Talk to them

This sounds cliche, but you must discuss dental health with your kids. Talking about the dentist and normalising good oral hygiene will help more kids stop fearing the dentist and understand the importance of brushing. You also should speak to your dentist about any concerns you may have about thumb sucking, losing teeth or anything else that may concern you.

Caring for your child’s teeth doesn’t have to be a big ordeal. In the same respect, brushing is like any other activity; some children love showering, and some hate it. It’s up to you to make the experience enticing and enjoyable for them to know that although it is a necessity, it can also be a fun activity. Using incentives and rewards for good brushing will also entice children to be more willing to care for their teeth.

Go on, mums and dads, make it fun!