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Ways to help protect your child's oral health at home?

Posted on June 27, 2016 at 6:50 AM

As parents we have a responsibility to help and protect our childrens oral health the same way we do their phyiscal and mental health and development 

it is important to set up a proper regimen of preventive home care is important from the day your child is born.

Below you will find some useful advice on how you as the parent can help ensure our children have good dental health as they grow up 

Newborns and Infants

Clean your infant's gums with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding.

Once their  first teeth appear you should begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and water up untill their second birthday. Before using toothpaste should consult your dentist .

 Tooth decay and teeth misalignment due to sucking during feeding can be a problem so you should try to wean your child off of the breast and bottle within the first year. Another cause is the  excessive sucking of pacifiers, fingers and thumbs so you need to monitor this .

You should never give your child a bottle of milk, juice or sweetened liquid as a pacifier at naptime or bedtime.

Toddlers and Young Children

As our children grow it is important that we help then brush their teeth at night which is regarded as the most important time to brush, due to lower salivary flow and higher susceptibility to cavities. A good way to do this is to allow your children to brush first and then you should follow us to ensure that all plaque , waste food etc has gone. Allowing the child to brush first is an ideal way to help them to  build up self confidence and practice the technique of brushing.

Another great tip is to make it a family affair, Brush your teeth at the same time as your child, this will teach the child the technique, and the importance of good dental hygene. It also makes the process fun for the child

At around five years of age your children should be able to brush their own teath  although you should still continue to monitor and advise them as they do it.

Children and Teenagers

As your child grows and becomes a teenager it is still very important to encourage them to maintain their dental heath.

Make sure that your children have access to good quality dental productsa such as brushes, toothpase mouthwash and floss.

Make sure the Chilren are allowing time in their regimen for dental care.

General Tips 

Buy good quality dental products

Ensure children has access to a healthy diet

Take your children to the dentist on a regular basis

Make your famiies dental care regimen a family affair and make it fun.

Get advice from your dental professional


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