Dental hygiene and your children: 4 top tips for tip-top teeth
It's never too early to start taking care of your children’s teeth. With half of all Australian kids under six experiencing some form of tooth decay,1 the earlier you instil good dental habits, the better. Here are our essential tips to help you get started.
1The dental health of Australia’s children by remoteness: Child Dental Health Survey Australia 2009, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, p.1. http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129543394
1. Brush and floss everyday
Habits formed early on will stay with your children for life. That’s why it’s so important to stand firm on brushing and flossing as a regular part of their daily routine. Start by helping them brush twice daily, using a small-headed toothbrush with soft bristles and a pea-sized amount of low-fluoride toothpaste.
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2. Watch their diet
A balanced diet is a massive factor when it comes to building healthy teeth and gums in children, so make sure you’re giving them enough vegetables, cheese, lean meats and fluoride tap water. Also, keep sugary foods and drinks to an absolute minimum and brush thoroughly afterwards.
3. Don’t wait
All babies are born with teeth. They may be hidden beneath their gums, but they are there. And they need to be cared for from the very beginning. Start by cleaning their gums with a soft cloth after each feed and make sure you minimise their exposure to sugary milks and juices. You’ll be grateful you started early when they hit teething time.
4. Take them to the dentist regularly
Kids should start visiting the dentist from around 12 months old (or 6 months after their first tooth pops through – whichever comes first). It’s important to help them see the dentist as a positive part of their life, so try and make it as fun as possible. Always be encouraging about their visits and never use the dentist as a deterrent for bad behaviour.
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