Top tips for good oral hygiene in Children
Dental habits are formed from a very young age and this is why it is very important to put in place a good oral hygiene routine from the moment your child’s first tooth appears. In this article we look at College Dental Surgeries’ top tips to ensure that your children grow up with good dental habits.
Lead the way
A great way to do this is to ensure that your toddler sees you brush your teeth in the morning and evening. If you normally do this while they are in bed, try to alter your routine and make brushing a family occasion. This may mean you brush your teeth more than twice a day, but this can only help to further improve your oral hygiene! You can even let your children help you brush your teeth just like you help them!
Add some fun
Why not link brushing their teeth to a story incorporating the knight (the toothbrush) and the goblins (bacteria) in an epic struggle in the mine (their mouth). They will need to keep their mouth open, so you can fully see all the characters and ensure that good triumphs over evil.
You could also play one of the many toothbrushing songs available online or one their favourite songs to ensure that they brush for the recommended two minutes.
An electric toothbrush can be a great way to motivate children to brush their teeth. It is now possible to get ones that include their favourite cartoon characters and also incorporate a timer to ensure they brush for two minutes. The newest technology will also link their toothbrush to specially designed apps which track how often they brush their teeth, for how long and how effectively they brush.
Missed a bit!
Using disclosing tablets once a month can provide a great visual aid, to show those areas that are being missed. By joining in you can show that everyone misses spots sometimes, but with good brushing technique all areas can be cleaned.
Visit the dentist
Studies have shown that a child’s fear of the dentist can be directly linked to their parents’ behaviour towards dental visits. By making sure that you bring your child in for appointments from a young age they can learn that there is nothing to fear from the dental chair. To begin with the dentist will simply get them to sit in the dental chair, first with a parent or guardian and then on their own. They may also ask if your child will open their mouth. This helps to build confidence and reduces any fear associated with the dentist. Baby teeth will begin to emerge at around 6 months and a child will have a full set of teeth buy the time they are two and a half.
If you would like more help and advice with regard to ensuring your child’s oral health for years to come, call College Dental Surgeries on 01622 752340 and book a consultation today.