How To Protect Your Child’s Teeth

July 9, 2017 by Dr David Bloom

Children, Dental Health

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Despite the fact that children today have healthier teeth than ever before, tooth decay rates could still be improved with joint efforts from the government, communities, and parents.

This is evident from a nursery programme in Scotland called Childsmile, where nursery staff offered free tooth-brushing for children every day. The initiative dramatically reduced costs in dental care for five-year-old children living in Scotland.

Taking proper care of a child’s teeth is not difficult if the foundations are laid early.

When teaching children how to take care of their teeth, establishing habits and making youngsters realise that daily brushing is vital are the two most important things to concentrate on.

It is never too early to start taking care of a child’s oral and dental health, even before the appearance of the first tooth, experts say. It is recommended to clean the baby’s gums with a damp cloth, and to start brushing after the first tooth pops up with a soft bristle and a very small amount of baby toothpaste.

As children grow up, turning brushing into fun is extremely important. Allowing the child to help when choosing a brush is a good idea. Electric brushes are useful not only because they are fun, but because they ensure better control over brushing movements which are sometimes hard for pre-schoolers.

It is also important to teach your child about healthy food and why sugar can be dangerous. Explain which foods are good and which can cause harm. Snacking should be limited between meals, and foods and beverages that contain high amounts of acids should be avoided, specialists say.

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Take Proper Care of Infant’s Teeth Parents are advised to start taking care of their baby’s teeth as soon as the first one appears, usually between five and seven months.

Although children should be encouraged to take care of their teeth on their own, to get them into a good routine early on, it is best that parents assist their children with brushing until they are at least seven years old.

TEACH CHILDREN TO CARE FOR THEIR TEETH FOR LONG-TERM BENEFITS

Taking proper care of baby teeth is essential Many parents believe that failing to properly look after their children’s teeth is not that important since baby teeth will eventually fall out, making way for healthy, permanent teeth.

However, dentists have warned that taking poor care of baby teeth may have a long-term effect on permanent teeth as well.

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Children Are Not Brushing Their Teeth As parents, we like to think we do our best to protect the health of our children.

But are we really sure we take good care of their oral health? The number of Welsh children with fillings has doubled in four years which is alarming.

Medically Reviewed By:

Dr David Bloom

Reviewed by Dr David Bloom

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