As dentists in Battersea we’re horrified by the number of children who are brought to us for treatment by their parents only when the damage is too far gone and there is nothing else to do but extract one or multiple teeth. As parents ourselves we understand that kids and oral hygiene don’t always go together which is why we thought we’d focus this blog on how to care for your child’s teeth properly and how to make it easier too.
We often get asked by parents when they should start to brush their child’s teeth and the answer is as soon as their very first tooth makes an appearance. Brushing with children’s toothpaste is important so as to avoid ‘mottling’ and ‘over fluoridation’.
This should be followed up by a dental appointment with your Battersea dentist within 6 months of the first tooth coming through. We’d also like to mention at this point that brushing alone does not prevent tooth decay since sugar is the main cause. So at this early age it’s a good idea to train their tooth buds to accept less sugar in the foods they eat. Make sure friends and family understand this too!
The emphasis on brushing a baby’s teeth should be a gentle introduction to the sensations and tastes of brushing, working towards a regular brushing routine. For children that are brushing for themselves, then try and make it more fun so as to avoid it ending up as a 10 second quickie. Oral B’s free Disney Magic Timer app will make even the most reluctant child brush for longer or you may want to take a look at the Brush DJ app which is approved by the NHS.
For babies choose a brush that is small, soft, and angled so it doesn’t irritate their mouth and you can reach all areas. Older children will still benefit from a soft brush but they’re more inclined to want to use a brush which has their favorite character or celebrity associated with it.
If you’re unsure of the correct way to brush then ask your dentist so as to prevent your child from getting into bad habits. Here’s a very quick summary of the correct way to brush:
Finally, it’s vital that your child attends at least 2 six monthly check-ups a year and seeing the hygienist for extra cleaning is also recommended both for your children and yourselves.
We hope you’ve found the above information useful. To find out how Glow Dental and Dr. Hooman Sanaty can help you and your family enjoy the best in dental care then call us today on 020 7223 7096. We’re more than just a dentist in Battersea. We treat our patients as we would like to be treated right from the first appointment through to more specialised cosmetic procedures. Find out more about all that we offer by visiting our web site at www.glowdental.co.uk.