15 Sep 5 Steps for healthy teeth for children
5 ways to keep my child’s teeth healthy:
Being a parent of young children myself, I know how important it is to prevent dental decay from the beginning. There are some simple steps you can take to give your child the best possible start for their teeth:
- No bottle of milk to bed- infants and toddlers can be notoriously difficult to put to bed and a bottle of milk can help a child sooth themselves to sleep. The trouble with this is that the teeth bathe in milk that contains natural sugars. Bacteria thrive on these sugars and can start to decay the teeth almost as soon as they erupt. Try and stop this habit as early as you can!
- Brush especially before bed- It’s a good idea to brush your child’s teeth before bedtime, using a soft age-appropriate toothbrush. After brushing especially along their gums, the only thing they should eat or drink is water (if possible)
- Stay away from excess sugars- most children have a natural tendency to love sweet food and drinks. I would suggest to avoid fruit juices, cordials and soft drinks altogether. Milk and water should be the main stay. Savoury snacks like cheese, dips and crackers are always preferable to snacks high in sugar
- Use a children’s toothpaste containing fluoride- There are many age appropriate toothpastes containing less fluoride. I smear a tiny little amount on the toothbrush around the side of a match-head, that way it doesn’t matter if they don’t know how to spit the toothpaste out
- Pay attention- If you notice any unusual changes like ‘brown spots’ appearing on the teeth, make sure you book them into a dentist. Also, if you notice they are in pain when eating or avoiding eating foods they normally love, it may be due to dental pain.
I hope these few small tips can help your child to get the best start to their dental health.