From what we eat to what we drink, how we smile, when we teethe, our stress, our vocalisation, our ears, noses and throats… There is so much involved in our oral health!
Our children were able to explore age-appropriate ideas including when to start using toothpaste, how to make healthy choices and taking control of our own dental health.
We met the tooth fairy who told us all about why our teeth fall out as children. Castle Hill Dental was kind enough to even provide us with some toothpaste samples and toothbrushes which we used in our classrooms to practice on giant plastic teeth.
We thought this was pretty awesome of them and made sure to give the team lots of grateful high fives!
North Brisbane Dental also came to visit our Kindergarten team and showed them all the different parts of the mouth and how what we eat affects our teeth and mouths and tongues. We talked about how we drink water to help swish and swallow down any excess food after meals. What an easy way to reduce the risk of decay and plaque build-up!
It is so important for our children to be aware of their dental health as the choices they make as young learners to take care of themselves reflects strongly on the way they take care of themselves later in life.
Providing education on how to look after our bodies allows children to develop the confidence to make healthier decisions of their own accord. It also gives them an understanding of loving the skin (and those calcium-rich bones) they have been blessed with!
This helps to advance their sense of self-worth, which we are absolute advocates for here at The Brook.
The following is a guideline that helps you to understand what kind of hygiene practices are necessary as your little people grow and develop through early childhood provided by The Australian Dental Association:
You should start caring for your child’s oral health from when they’re a baby and into their toddler years so by the time they reach 3 years of age or so, they are well-versed in what it takes to keep their teeth healthy. They will require assistance from you until about the age of 7 or 8 but even then, it’s a good idea to supervise them when they’re brushing and flossing their teeth.
There are a number of key things to keep in mind when it comes to keeping your kids’ teeth in tip-top condition.
Yes, they eventually fall out to make way for adult teeth but that doesn’t mean cleaning them isn’t important. If decay causes them to be removed, it can cause crowding problems with their adult teeth to emerge. So ensure they brush their teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste, which they shouldn’t swallow, remembering to brush for at least two minutes at a time. Try using an egg timer to make keeping time fun for your child. Flossing, with parental assistance until the age of 10 or when they are deft enough to do it themselves, should start as soon as children have two teeth in contact.
Kicking off at the age of 1 at the latest, or within 6 months of the first tooth appearing, your child should see their dentist regularly and understand that visiting them is an important part of growing up. If you receive benefits such as Family Tax Benefit A payments, you can take advantage of government programs such as the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
To develop strong teeth, your children need a healthy, balanced diet made up of fresh foods such as vegetables, cheese and lean meats, minimal high-sugar foods such as biscuits and muesli bars, and fluoridated tap water.
Oral hygiene is about so much more than simply having a good smile. Children need to have good oral hygiene to keep them happier, healthier, and pain-free. There are various things for you to do to keep your children’s teeth in the best condition. – READ MORE