It’s ideal to get your child in the habit of visiting the dentist from a young age for a check-up
Maintaining the health of your child’s teeth is extremely important as it plays a very important 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.
Your child’s eating habits play a huge role in the development of tooth decay. Sugars in the food and drinks we eat are taken up by bacteria, producing acids that attack the outer layer of the tooth enamel to cause decay.
Our saliva helps our teeth recover from these attacks through a process of neutralising acid. However, if we frequently snack between meals, there is no rest period for the teeth to undergo this recovery process, which means that, over time, a cavity forms as a result of these sustained acid attacks.
What to eat and when
It is not the obvious sweet foods and drinks such as lollies and soft drinks that can cause your child’s teeth to decay. Frequent snacking on foods with hidden sugars like biscuits, crackers, cereals, chips and even dried fruit cause sustained acid attacks on your children’s teeth.
Aim to limit eating to 5 distinct meal times (i.e. breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea & dinner) and have a break of 2 hours between where your child consumes nothing but tap water. Snacks such as yoghurt and cheese are ideal as they contain minerals that strengthen the surface of the teeth.
Water is so important
Tap water in most areas of Australia contains fluoride, one of the easiest and most beneficial ways to help prevent tooth decay. Encouraging tap water, particularly between meals, makes a real difference to the health of their teeth. Most bottled water does not contain fluoride and is, therefore, less beneficial for your children’s teeth. Most water filtration systems do not remove fluoride, excepting reverse osmosis systems.
Children do not have the dexterity required to brush their own teeth effectively until they are 8 years old. Therefore, it is important that you brush your children’s teeth for them twice a day, morning and night.
Did you know that it takes two to three minutes to brush your teeth properly, but most people only spend 30 seconds or less?
About Dental On Clarke
It’s ideal to get your child in the habit of visiting the dentist from a young age for a check-up. The team at Dental on Clarke make sure that each visit is fun and enjoyable but also a learning experience for your child. We also love answering any and all your concerns and questions regarding how best to care for your children’s teeth.
Dental on Clarke is a practice of general dentists located in the heart of Crows Nest. We offer compassionate, high-quality dentistry for the whole family. Our comprehensive range of dental services for patients of all ages includes preventative, restorative and cosmetic treatments.
Children and toddlers require their teeth to be brushed at the same frequency as adults. You should brush your little one’s teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time. Brush morning and night.
Yes, you can. Be sure to be gentle! However, you may choose to use a water flosser on a toddler to make the task a little easier.
Yes. Although you should bear in mind that it is not healthy for your child to swallow fluoride toothpaste. The best way to approach this situation is to use toothpaste the size of a pea or a grain of rice for your toddler. This way, it minimises the amount of fluoride swallowed in the event of this occurring.
It is recommended that you only introduce a child sized toothbrush once their teeth start appearing. While waiting for the teeth to appear, you can clean your baby’s gums by rubbing them with a damp washcloth.
We recommend that you continue to assist your child with brushing and flossing until they are around 8-9 years old. It is important to also show them the correct way to brush and how long they should be brushing for.
Here at Dental On Clarke, we recommend that you continue child-strength toothpaste until they are around 6 years of age. If you are unsure whether it’s the right time, contact your dentist and they will be able to help you out.