ARE YOU LOOKING AFTER YOUR CHILDREN’S DENTAL NEEDS?
You can make brushing a lifelong habit for your kids by adding it into their daily routine. Brushing before bed (and right after getting up or eating breakfast) is a great way to start.
If brushing is a struggle, make it fun for your kids. Let them pick out their own toothbrush or buy them a colourful tube of kid-friendly toothpaste. Use a timer to make sure they’re brushing for a full two minutes.
When kids are young, they might not appreciate all of the benefits of teeth brushing. As they grow older, though, they’ll love the healthy, clean smile that they enjoy as a result of their good brushing habits.
Why floss daily?
Flossing is a tough task for youngsters. It requires some co-ordination and effort to reach all the nooks and crannies between teeth, and we all know how frustrating it is to reach those big molars in the back of the mouth.
Bacteria loves to hide between teeth and around the gum line, so it’s extremely important to floss each day. Early on you’ll probably need to floss your child’s teeth for them.
Once it’s time for them to learn, let them start by flossing the easy spots between the front teeth on top and on the bottom. Once they’ve got this down they’ll be flossing by themselves in no time.
Why visit the dentist or oral health therapist?
Some kids are terrified by trips to the dentist’s clinic while others are unafraid. No matter how your child feels, visiting the dentist is key to a healthy smile. At Myers Street Dental Clinic, we are fortunate to have dentists working closely together with amazing oral health therapists. Together, these highly trained dental professionals use a team approach to identify and treat cavities or other abnormalities before they become a major problem. Oral health therapists are especially vigilant in preventive dentistry and skilled at motivating and training young people to care for their teeth.
People of all ages should aim to see the dentist at least once a year. If your child is at high risk for cavities because of eating habits or a medical condition, it may be wise to visit their dentist or oral health therapist more often. Starting the journey toward a healthy smile early in life is a smart decision for your child’s health.
FAST FACT: The earliest dentist ever known is Hesi-Re and he lived in Egypt more than 5000 years ago.
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