While it is true that your children will eventually lose their milk teeth, it is still important to ensure that you care for your children’s teeth, from the moment they appear. Denplan’s research has shown 30% of parents think it is ok for a child to experience dental decay before their teenage years. However, tooth decay is an entirely preventable disease.
In this blog, we have 10 top toothbrushing tips to keep your children’s teeth looking their best:
1. Brush teeth using a soft, small headed toothbrush. Follow a set routine each time you brush to ensure that no area is missed.
2. Brush teeth twice a day, before bed and at least one other time during the day. Brushing before bed ensures that the bacteria is removed from teeth and teeth are protected when saliva production is reduced during the night.
3. Use a fluoride toothpaste, fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the moth. It also reverses early decay.
4. Encourage children to spit out any excess toothpaste, but do not rinse. This ensures that the fluoride in the toothpaste is given time to work strengthening teeth.
5. It is important to wait at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking before brushing. Food and drinks softens tooth enamel and brushing straight after a meal can wear the enamel away and once the enamel is removed it cannot be replaced.
6. It is important that you assist your children with teeth brushing until they are 7 or you are confident they are brushing correctly by themselves.
7. To ensure that toothbrushing does not become a battle, make it fun. Choosing a favourite song, you can brush along to, allow your children to choose their own toothbrush and use a reward chart to track brushing.
8. We all know children like to copy things. Brushing your teeth in front of your child can encourage them to brush theirs too.
9. Encouragement is essential.
10. Buy a two-minute egg timer to help your child have a visual representation of the time they need to keep brushing for. They could add a star to their reward chart every time they brush for the required length.