Tips and Tricks for Children’s Oral Health

Tips and Tricks for Children’s Oral Health

Happy Dental Health Week 2019. Celebrate with a few tips and tricks for your child’s oral health.

Maintaining the health of your child’s teeth is extremely important as it plays a vital role later in life. At Dental on Clarke, treating children puts a smile on our face, and we want to put a smile back on theirs when coming to the dentist. For Dental Health Week, Australia Dental Association has come up with a few handy tips and tricks to help with maintaining your child’s oral health and we wish to share them with you.

Babies – Tips and Tricks

  • Clean your baby gums by rubbing them with a damp washcloth
  • Once teeth start to appear, introduce a soft bristle child sized toothbrush
  • Don’t use toothpaste
  • It is recommended to start visiting the dentist once their first teeth appear or by the age of 12 months

Toddlers – Tips and Tricks

  • Brush their teeth with a soft-bristled child size toothbrush
  • From 18 months of age, start to use child-strength fluoride toothpaste
  • It is recommended that parents brush and floss their child’s teeth
  • Brush twice a day and floss teeth that touch together

Children (Under 6 years) – Tips and Tricks

  • Parents should continue to brush their child’s teeth twice a day
  • Floss teeth that are touching together
  • Unless the dentist recommends an alternative, use child-strength fluoride toothpaste

Children (Over 6 years) – Tips and Tricks

  • Continue to assist your child with brushing and flossing twice a day until 8-9 years old
  • Introduce adult-strength toothpaste with fluoride

General – Tips and Tricks

  • Never rinse out mouth with water – always spit out excess toothpaste
  • A pee sized amount of toothpaste is recommended – never use too much
  • Brushing can be boring and often rushed (especially for young children) – play one of their favourite songs or use an app on a smart device as a reminder to brush for two minutes
  • Whenever visiting the dentist, always use positive reinforcement – praise your child on how well they listened and how they followed instructions

For more information about maintaining your child’s oral health, contact us or alternatively visit the Australian Dental Association for a bucket load of information.

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