USE THE EASTER SEASON TO ESTABLISH GOOD DENTAL HYGEINE PRACTICES IN YOUR CHILDREN FOR LIFELONG HEALTHY TEETH AND GUMS
Easter has become a great chocolate-eating event, and it’s alarming to think that your average milk chocolate egg is made up more than half pure sugar.
An average 300 g egg contains around 150 g sugar! That’s about 30 teaspoons of sugar!
So at this time it’s especially important that parents and carers make sure their kids are looking after their teeth. Now is as good a time as any to start establishing good dental hygiene practices for life.
Here are some great tips for healthy teeth and gums for kids:
1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT TOOTHBRUSH
It’s important to get a toothbrush that is appropriate for the child’s age. If it is too big they will not be able to reach all parts of their mouth and they might find the process uncomfortable.
As long as your child has good techniques for brushing, a manual toothbrush is very effective. However, if you feel that their brushing technique is not doing the job, a kid’s electric toothbrush is a good option.
2. FIND THE RIGHT TOOTHPASTE
There is a great variety of good quality children’s toothpastes around now, in a range of different flavours, which is great if your child doesn’t like the traditional minty taste.
It’s important to use children’s toothpaste and not adults fluoridated toothpaste when your child is very young. This is because they are not able to spit out toothpaste and will end up ingesting fluoride.
3. ENCOURAGE FLOSSING
You can gently floss your child’s teeth a few times a week when they are young. From the age of about 7, they should be shown how to floss and encouraged to do it every evening with your supervision.
If you’re not sure how to show them proper flossing, visit the dentists at our Dental clinic Parramatta and they can help you.
TOP TIPS FOR BRUSHING FOR KIDS
There are also YouTube clips showing kids how to brush their teeth. It might help to show them these as they can get a visual idea of how to do it correctly.
- Use a pea-sized blob of toothpaste on the brush.
- Brush in circular motions on the sides and tops of the teeth, including the gums.
- Brush for around 2 minutes. You might want to get a small timer for the bathroom so kids can time themselves.
- Make sure they spit out as much of the toothpaste as possible and rinse.
If you want to make sure your children are using the right techniques, make an appointment at Dental Paramatta and our dentists can advise.
4. USE DISCLOSING TABLETS
Disclosing tablets are a fun way to show your children whether their teeth cleaning efforts are effective or not.
Disclosing tablets can be bought at any chemists. Children simply chew one tablet after brushing and those areas that still have plaque will show up as red on their teeth.
This is also a great way for kids to understand why they are brushing their teeth and what they are trying to achieve. Use this opportunity to talk to your children about plaque, what it is, and why they need to remove it through brushing. You can keep it simple and tell them that plaque is a build up of nasty germs on teeth and this is what causes little holes (cavities).
This way your kids will be more motivated as they know the reason why they are brushing.