How to care for your Childs teeth
At Dr Geoff Ross in Melbourne we are dedicated to helping parents take care of their children’s teeth from an early age to ensure they understand the importance of a consistent oral hygiene routine.
Many parents can help encourage their children and teach the significance of good oral habits by creating an educational, yet fun, brushing and flossing routine together. Over time, this helps your child take responsibility for their oral hygiene and instilling healthy habits not only helps prevent cavities, but also boosts your child’s self-esteem.
Below we have compiled some useful tips you about how to motivate your children and get them excited when it comes to brushing and flossing their teeth!
Lead by example
Firstly, it is important to lead by example. When you’re at home, we recommend following a proper oral hygiene routine with your kids to help teach them about the importance of oral health. As recommended by the Australian Dental Association, you should brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once a day. Brushing and flossing helps to remove food particles from the mouth, which can cause bacteria that lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Bacteria left inside your mouth can harden and turn to tartar, which can only be removed with a professional clean.
Professional cleaning and check-up every six months
At Dr Geoff Ross we recommend bringing you child to our practice for their regular check-up and professional clean twice a year. During this time, we can help teach your child how to take care of their teeth properly by creating a fun and engaging experience. This will help them associate fun with oral care, paving the way to create healthy oral habits. However if your child experiences any discomfort in between their check-up, we recommend bringing them in for an examination so we can detect any potential dental issues at the onset, such as gingivitis or caries.
Brushing Techniques to teach your child
We recommend supervising your child during their oral care regime until they get the hang of the following steps:
- Use a pea-sized dab of an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste. Take care that your child does not swallow the toothpaste
- Brush gently back and forth, using a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. Brush the inside surface of each tooth first, where plaque may accumulate most. We recommend that everyone spend approximately 2 minutes brushing twice daily. If you child has a favourite song, play this in the background while they are brushing their teeth. This can distract them and before they know it, the time is up!
- Start flossing your child’s teeth at the age of 4. Brushing alone will miss food particles and plaque that has built up between the teeth. If you start early once your child reaches the age of 8, they will more likely feel comfortable flossing on their own
- Angle the brush along the outer gum line and gently brush back and forth
- Brush the surface of each tooth, especially the front and back chewing teeth and don’t forget to brush the tongue, which can also accumulate bacteria
To discover more about children’s dentistry or to book an appointment for your child to see one of our fun and friendly dentists at Dr Geoff Ross dental Practice, please do not hesitate to call (03) 9890 7777