Caring for your Childrens Teeth
Caring for your child’s teeth is just another one of the fun challenges parents face. However, as many things associated with parenting, consistency, practice and determination will set your children up for dental success for the rest of their lives. Here are some tips the staff at Briar Hill Dental give to parents to help them look after little ones oral health.
In The Home
- Brush all surfaces of teeth to remove food & “sugar bugs”.
- Brush a minimum of 2x a day .
- Floss between teeth that touch (otherwise you’re not cleaning 35% of the tooth).
- Children 6 and under need help brushing and flossing.
- Spend 2 minutes brushing – especially back molars.
Great! So how do I get them to cooperate?
- Children love to copy! Let them watch you brush and floss.
- Make it fun! Try nursery rhymes and songs.
- Let them pick their own toothbrush
- Reward your children for a job well done!
Visiting the dentist: 1st visits:
- Start your child early (soon after their 1st Birthday) with “Happy Visits”. These are routine visits to the dentist that should be a fun/novel experience to make them comfortable in the clinic surroundings. Let them ride in the chair and pick a prize from the toy box! This is a great opportunity for parents to ask questions and obtain information on promoting healthy teeth at home.
- Children should be seen for a routine cleaning and check-up every 6 months. Baby teeth are weaker than adult teeth and can decay faster.
- Use positive language before going to the dentist. Avoid saying: needle, pain, etc.Children are often braver than we give them credit for!