How to encourage good oral health with your children
As any parent knows, it’s easy to second-guess yourself when it comes to the best way to care for your child. There’s a wealth of information out there on everything from how much screen time they should have to the best diet and educational tools. One thing that isn’t spoken about much is how best to encourage good oral health attitudes and habits for your children.
The best thing you can do is start their oral health care as soon as possible. Basically, as soon as your child gets their first tooth, it will require cleaning, even if it’s with a soft wet cloth or tissue. Building up good habits to care for their oral hygiene will set routine and consistency in their everyday life. Children always need help with toothbrushing. Toddlers and young kids should be supervised and assisted when toothbrushing as they have not yet developed the correct dexterity to do so correctly themselves. When you’re helping them out, try to make it fun! How about playing some music, sing a song or dance!
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It’s recommended to schedule your child’s first checkup with a pediatric dentist at the age of one. This is an opportunity to make sure that everything is developing normally, ask questions, and get information on various topics such as thumbsucking.
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This will also help your child become accustomed to seeing the dentist from an early age, which will make it much easier for them to get regular dental care. Remember, by encouraging good oral health right from the start, you’re setting the foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth and healthy smiles!
Check out these websites below, packed with great information to help you set up those important dental habits and routines that will create a lifetime of healthy teeth for your children.
Thanks Kay (Karishma), our Oral Health Therapist from our Werribee Clinic. Educating your children from an early age on the importance of good dental habits really does set them up for a lifetime of good dental health. If you want to talk to her about this or any other questions you may have, please contact us on 03 9372 8960.
- Dental advice for babies and toddlers (0-3 years) https://www.dhsv.org.au/dental-advice/general-dental-advice/babies#cleaning
- Australian Dental Association: When should my child first see the dentist? https://www.ada.org.au/getattachment/Your-Dental-Health/Resources-for-Professionals/Resources-for-Children-0-11/When-should-my-child-first-see-the-dentist/When-should-my-child-first-see-the-dentist_.pdf.aspx
- Three Tips For Brushing Baby Teeth https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/infant-kids/three-tips-for-brushing-baby-teeth-0114
- Brushing Your Toddler’s Teeth: A Step-By-Step Guide https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/infant-kids/brushing-your-toddlers-teeth-a-step-by-step-guide-0214