Tips for Parents
Keep your child’s oral health and hygiene in tip-top condition with the following top tips for parents…
Commit to two minutes, twice a day
Children’s oral health is very important. Not enough UK children brush their teeth with the right frequency. It’s time to make this a habit and motivate your child to stick to a routine. You can do this by using an egg timer set to two minutes – try to make it fun. You’ll be making an association between fun and teeth brushing. That’s all it takes.
Two minutes, twice a day.
Keep them away from the sugar monster
It’s hard for children to navigate across their snack choices and make wise decisions when presented with an array of tempting, sugary options. That’s why you’ve got to make healthy snacks appealing. Limit sugar as much as possible and avoid putting fizzy drinks, sugary fruit juices and sweets in lunchboxes and at home.
Get more dairy into their system
Studies have shown that full fat products such as whole milk and cheese are great for keeping young teeth strong and healthy. Make sure these are full fat to ensure sugar is at a minimum.
Brush the right way
Make sure they’re brushing their teeth correctly and not focusing on the front ones. They should be using a soft brush and light circular motions, as well as flossing and using mouthwash on a daily basis. Time their teeth brushing with an egg timer, or a two-minute song to keep them motivated and on track.
Regular check-ups every six months are key
We can’t stress this enough. Detecting and tackling problems early can avoid costly and painful procedures in the future. It’s a crucial investment in your child’s future oral and overall health. You achieve this with regular check-ups.
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Brush before breakfast
Tooth enamel softens after consuming acidic foods. Drinks like orange and apple are quite acidic, we tend to have these at breakfast. So try to brush their teeth before breakfast or alternatively wait around 20 minutes after they’ve eaten.
Spit don’t rinse
It’s a simple tip, yet an effective one. Instead of rinsing your child’s mouth out with water after they brush their teeth, encourage them to simply spit. This way all the fluoride protection of the toothpaste stays where it’s needed – on the teeth.
By following the tips above you can help your child develop good oral health habits that will benefit them through life. For any further advice or help, always feel free to contact your local Bupa Dental Care (formerly Oasis Dental Care).