Looking after our teeth is so important to all aspects of our health and well being. Even children’s temporary milk teeth are super important to keep clean and healthy, as not only do they hold the space ready for our adult teeth but they aid children’s speech, allow children to eat a varied and healthy diet and give them the confidence and self esteem to take pride in there appearance.
Three ways to prevent dental disease.
Children will need assistance with their brushing until they are at least seven years old. As soon as teeth come through brush them twice a day with a smear of tooth paste. (recommended 1000 ppm fluoride). Once they hit three years of age begin to use a pea sized amount of adult toothpaste. Encourage spitting out rather then rinsing to encourage the fluoride to work.
2. keep sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes only
Tooth decay is increased by the amount of exposure to sugars each day. By not snacking on sugary foods and drinks and just eating at mealtimes this exposure to tooth decay can be reduced and keep under control. If snacks are given, then non sugary foods such as fresh fruit, raw vegetables, cheese, crackers and buttered toast is preferable.
3. Visit the dentist regularly
Not only do dentists check for decay and cavities but they can advise both parents and children on how to brush and what to eat. Its important to get children into a consistent routine regarding oral health and visiting the dentist is all part of this.
Some dos and don’ts regarding oral health
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