After the exciting and beneficial dentist visit from Dr Ashleigh Newberry and Dr Ken Lau from Castle Dental, Dr Greg Dougall from GDougall Dental and Dr Sarah from Lutwyche Dental during dentist week – 8-12 August, our team at The Brook want the children to keep up the skills they learnt at the Centre at home as well. It’s never too early to teach them good oral hygiene and making good habits now make it easier for children to stick with them throughout life.
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, and here we share a few tips we’ve learnt from our local dentists!
Caring for your child’s oral health should start from when they’re a baby and into their toddler years. Although baby teeth will fall out and be replaced by adult teeth, parents still need to care for their child’s teeth in early life. This will require help from you at home to help them brush their teeth. So ensure that children have their teeth brushed twice a day for at least 2 minutes with a soft bristled brush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. If decay causes teeth to be removed rather than falling out itself, it can cause issues such as crowding problems when their adult teeth start to come through.
Children can also start flossing their teeth even when they only have baby teeth. Once children’s teeth start to fit close together, parents can start to help their child floss their teeth to start a daily habit. Then a child can begin to do it themselves when they have developed the ability to floss their own teeth. By stressing the importance of flossing from a young age, this will help children to develop healthy habits while they still have their baby teeth. Brushing and flossing teeth regularly can help to eliminate the risk of dental cavities which can be painful for children.
Around the age of 1, or within a couple of months of the first tooth appearing, parents should take children to see the dentist, to ensure their teeth are growing strong and healthily as well as checking that there are no early signs of tooth decay or cavities. Check ups should follow regularly after this.
Your child also needs a healthy and balanced diet to maintain strong teeth. Fresh foods such as vegetables, fruit and meat are good options for meals. Here at The Brook, we provide healthy and nutritious meals every day including meals for all dietary requirements.
Sugary foods should be eaten only in moderation as they cause tooth decay. Sources of calcium such as milk, cheese and yoghurt are excellent choices for building healthy teeth and gums. If your child is lactose intolerant, you can find lactose free versions of these available at supermarkets. You can also gain calcium from green leafy vegetables and fish such as salmon and tuna. Children also need to drink healthy options so this means drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
Accidents happen! It’s ok. If teeth become damaged, knocked out or you think they may be developing a cavity go to your dentist to check up and ensure the child’s teeth will be ok.
By teaching your child these healthy habits at home you can ensure that children will have strong and healthy teeth in their lives. Here at The Brook, we encourage you to help your children and supervise their oral hygiene habits so that they can grow up to have strong and healthy teeth.
For more information about The Brook’s healthy and nutritious meal catering, please do not hesitate to contact us.