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Tips for raising Kids with Great Teeth

Tips for raising Kids with Great Teeth

Tips for raising kids with great teeth

  1. Cleaning the mouth of an infant

    Begin cleaning your baby's mouth as soon as possible. Although most babies don't have any teeth until about six months of age, a daily cleaning in infancy will get your child accustomed to the process, and ensure clean and healthy gums when the teeth do come in. A clean face washer or clean gauze can be all that is needed for the first 6-8 months.
  2. Introducing a toothbrush

    From 6 months of age teeth will start to erupt, usually the lower front teeth are first. Now is the time to start introducing a toothbrush. Make sure it is soft bristled and made for their age group. We use the Colgate “Stages” range. You may find the clean face washer is more efficient at this age but still introduce the toothbrush as your child is more likely to accept it later. Incorporate a toothbrush and children’s fluoride toothpaste into the routine by the time your child reaches 18 months, or at the time her first molars come in.
  3. Flossing

    Even children with a good diet and brushing twice a day can get cavities. One common spot is between the 1 year old and 2 year old molars. I have found if parents are flossing these 4 spots every night this is happening far less.
  4. First dental visit

    Your child's first dental visit should be by the age of three. Although baby teeth will eventually fall out, they are very important to your child's dental development. That is because the muscles of their mouth and jaw form around the foundation laid by their first set of teeth. The dentist can make sure your child's dental development is proceeding normally as early as 18 months. We recommend 6 monthly assessments. The reason for this is we do not routinely take xrays on children so cavities can seem to appear quite quickly. With new teeth erupting and old ones being lost things are changing rapidly.
  5. Stop your child's dummy and thumb sucking habits

    Sucking on a thumb or dummy is a natural and satisfying behavior for babies. However, the habit can alter the position of baby's developing teeth and the dental arches if it continues after their permanent teeth begin to erupt. It also affects tongue position and swallowing technique, which further impact on the position of teeth. If you are having trouble getting your child to stop sucking his thumb, we can offer advice. In terms of a dummy, don’t dip it in anything to make it taste nicer. If they don’t want it leave it out. Life later will be a lot simpler. I suggest getting rid of it between ages 1 to 2.
  6. Fluoride

    Make sure your child receives the benefits of the latest in cavity prevention, including fluorides and sealants. It is important that children use fluoride toothpaste. There is a risk of fluorosis with children swallowing rather than spitting. Our recommendation is to use a children’s toothpaste such as “My First Colgate”, place a pea size amount on the toothbrush pushed down into the bristles. Encourage spitting after brushing but rinsing is not recommended.
  7. Our motto is “Spit don’t rinse.”
  8. Fissure Sealants

    Have a dental professional apply a sealant to protect the biting surfaces of the molars. These are generally applied when the six-year molars erupt but can be required on the 2-year-old molars as well. Sealants are nearly 100 percent effective in preventing cavities on the biting surfaces of molars, the most cavity-prone area of the mouth. They are approximately one-half the cost of a filling.
  9. Breast feeding and Bottles

    For normal dental arch development, breast is best. Babies should not be fed constantly while asleep. Babies who need a feed in the night should be got out of bed, fed, and then placed back in their own bed. Babies who sleep with their mother and are constantly feeding often end up with significant dental decay. Do not put the baby to bed with a bottle. The baby will use the bottle as a dummy and milk will slowly drip into their mouth. Milk is a weak sugar and can cause devastating decay.
  10. Assist with brushing

    You need to help a child under age 8 years old to brush their teeth. Studies show that children under 8 year olds do not have the dexterity to do a good job. I know that there are children who will fight you on brushing. There is no easy answer on how to achieve this but we are happy to offer suggestions and to motivate the children.
  11. Low sugar diet

    Diet is a big consideration also. Drinks to be offered need to be limited to milk and water. Juices, cordials, sport drinks and soft drinks are to be thought of as special treats. Sugar needs to be limited, as children obtain sufficient sugar from fruits. There is no need to offer sugary snacks and children should not have access to lollies and sweet biscuits. These things need to be kept away and only offered for special treats. The best way to eat these types of food from a tooth perspective is all at once and then brush the teeth. Children who snack all day on sweet foods are at significant risk of tooth decay.
  12. Be a good role model

    Finally, the most important thing to realise is that children learn the behavior that they observe. The reality is, your dental health is just as important as your child's. Studies show that the decay causing bacteria in your mouth can be transferred to your children. When was the last time you had your dental check up and cleaning?

We hope this report has helped you and more importantly your children. Their lives are much less complicated as adults if they don’t have the large fillings that often your generation has experienced.

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Dental Tips For New Mums

Dental Tips For New Mums

Check and clean your baby’s teeth.

Healthy teeth should be all one colour. If you see spots or stains, it is best to have these assessed by your dentist.

As soon as teeth erupt in the mouth, it is advised to clean them at least twice a day after breakfast and after dinner. Initially use a soft cloth over your finger and then work up to a baby toothbrush.

At about 18 months to 2 years you should be able to clean the teeth with a toothbrush and you can add a small drop (pea sized amount) of children’s toothpaste.

Young children cannot get their teeth clean by themselves. Most kids need assistance with their tooth brushing until around 8 years of age.

Choose foods that do not have a lot of sugar in them.

Only milk and water in the bottle.

Do not sleep with your baby and allow them to feed continuously.

Do not dip a dummy in anything.

At around 12 months of age, teach your baby to drink out of a cup instead of the bottle.

The first dental examination can take place around 2 years of age.

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