Tips to take care of your children’s teeth
Dental decay and gum disease are almost entirely preventable so it saddens us greatly to read in the latest research that children aged between 5 -9 are admitted to hospital for dental extractions and often multiple extractions. Here are some basic prevention tips to help take care of your children’s teeth and gums:
- Ensure your children see a dentist as soon as the first tooth appears and visit regularly twice a year. Ideally get them used to coming along with you as soon as you can.
- Brush their teeth with a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for two minutes twice a day, remember up until at least eight years old they will need your help. Ideally brushing before breakfast and before bedtime.
- It’s not a good idea to swallow the toothpaste so ensure it’s spat out after brushing but remember not to rinse their mouth out, let the toothpaste carry on its good work.
- Make sure the toothbrush has soft bristles, and replace it every three months.
- Limit sugary or acidic food and drinks, even fruit juice is acidic.
- Aim to introduce a free-flow cup when children are 6 months old and stop bottle feeding from 12 months.
- Use only sugar free medicines if possible.