Parents often struggle to figure out exactly what they should be doing to keep their children’s teeth healthy. No parent wants their kids to get cavities – but not all may be sure exactly what they should do to prevent it.
If you want to keep your child’s teeth in excellent condition, here are seven useful tips that can help:
- Start early
It is never too early to start improving your child’s oral hygiene. In fact, even before they start teething you can use a clean, damp washcloth to clear away bacteria. Later on once they do teeth you can brush with an infant toothbrush, before starting to teach them how to brush on their own at around 2 years old.
- Regulate the amount of toothpaste
When your child first starts to brush they’re likely to swallow toothpaste rather than spit it out. As such you should regulate the amount of toothpaste and only use a rice-sized amount until they learn to spit.
- Set a timer
Kids (as well as many adults) rarely brush for the full 2 minutes that is recommended. To instill this habit in them you should set a timer and maybe even reward them for achieving it.
- Be a role model
As a parent, the best thing that you can do is to be a good role model and show kids what good oral health habits are all about. Get into the habit of brushing as well as flossing alongside them so that they can see what you do and learn by imitating you.
- Make dental appointments a ritual
Ideally you should establish a regular routine of visiting the dentist once every six months so that it becomes a ritual. The first appointment should be within six months of when your child’s first tooth comes out.
- Find a dentist your child is comfortable with
Don’t just assume that because you get along with your dentist that your child will to. When choosing a Bolton dentist or one in a nearby location for your child you should focus on finding one that your child feels comfortable with so that dental visits become a good experience rather than one they try to avoid.
- Teach your children to eat healthy food
It is best to teach your kids that they should be eating healthy food from the time they’re young. Set limitations on the amount of sugary food or drink they’re allowed to take, and if they ask why you can use it as a way to start a conversation about cavities.
If you need any further advice you should have a chat with your dentist. Most dentists have a lot of experience dealing with kids and should be able to give you more tips on how you can keep their teeth healthy.
By instilling good oral hygiene habits in your children and keeping their teeth healthy you’ll be able to not only preserve their smile but avoid potential dental costs later on