Do not forget to assist your child with brushing each morning and each night. Very young children will often use modelling behaviour and try to imitate the behaviour of parents brushing their teeth. Try and make tooth-brushing time FUN! There are apps you can download, songs you can sing and games you can play with your child to encourage them to brush for at least two minutes. There are also many varieties of toothbrushes available to keep them entertained. You can even let them choose their own one. Electric toothbrushes are very popular with children and are very effective. Ask your dentist for advice in relation to choosing the correct one.
This is a severe decay usually involving multiple teeth in infants/young children. This can start when sweetened liquids including milk, formula, fruit juice etc… are left clinging to an infant’s teeth for long periods. The bacteria on the teeth are able to continually produce acid and this results in dental decay spreading very quickly through the teeth. A bottle given at night time should only contain boiled cooled water. Top Tip – a child should be fed and put to bed but not put to bed and fed.
Teeth grinding (bruxism) is a common habit in young children and usually disappears on its own as children grow older. Teeth grinding usually takes place when baby teeth arrive and again when the permanent teeth begin to come down around the age of five or six. Stress has been identified as a cause in some children. An important tip is to try and relax your child as much as possible before bedtime.
It is important to start a dental routine with your child from an early age. By taking care of your oral health, you are setting a good example for your child. How you care for your child’s teeth will affect their ability to learn and to grow up healthy. By encouraging a good oral health routine, you will help keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong and give them a smile to treasure for a lifetime.