How do you make oral health easy for children?
It’s worrying that figures from Public Health England show that more than 160,000 five-year-olds have dental decay when they start school.Large numbers of these children are having to endure extractions as a result. To help prevent tooth decay in young children and promote good oral health practices for life, we should all make dental hygiene a positive experience for our kids.
Here are some ideas on how to make dental care fun for your children, ensuring a lifetime of good dental health habits.
When should you first take your child to the dentist?
As soon as your child’s first milk teeth appear, they are old enough to make their first visit to the dentist. Visits to the dentist from such an early age will help with getting used to a clinic environment. Dentists will do everything possible to help make your child feel at ease.
Choose a fun toothbrush
A great way to keep children interested in cleaning their teeth is to give them a fun and colourful toothbrush. Buy a quality, soft-bristled toothbrush with bright colours, or even featuring your child’s favourite cartoon character. However, you should let them know that toothbrushes have to be changed every 3 months so make sure they don’t get too attached!
Children love children’s toothpaste
Your child may not appreciate the strong mint flavours of adult toothpaste and it may put your child off cleaning their teeth. Their toothpastes are available in less intense flavours, such as your child’s favourite fruit, or a milder mint flavour. Again, let them select their toothpaste so that they “own” the process. Remember, compare the amount of toothpaste on their brush to the size of their pinky fingernail so they do not overuse the toothpaste.
Together is better
A great way to make sure your child is interested in good oral health care is by making sure that you brush and floss your teeth together. Children love to follow their parents’ example and mimic what they do. By taking care of your teeth together, you can keep a close eye on their brushing technique. Remember, if they understand why we all brush our teeth then they are more likely to want to do it. There are plenty of rhymes or songs to outline the benefits of brushing teeth so enjoy the sing-along!
Learn from videos or computer games
There are plenty of kids who are totally engaged with Youtube or web based games. Introducing oral health in this environment is more likely to produce long-term results. Check out the internet and find some suitable learning games and videos for them!
If you would like to book an appointment for your family, simply click on to Defacto Dentists where you will find hundreds of dental clinics near you who offer child friendly dentistry. Make the difference now to your child’s long term health.