An important step in children’s dentistry involves introducing children to the dentist from the age of three and getting them familiar with the experience from a young age, which can help make going to the dentist later in life a less stressful experience. This can be an important step towards creating lifelong habits of good oral hygiene for your children, and while getting your kids excited about looking after their teeth can seem like a mammoth task, there are actually a few things you can do to make it easier.
Visit a paediatric dentist
While a general dentist is equipped to give dental care to people of all ages, they have not received specialist training in treating children like a paediatrist has. A paediatric dentist specialises in children’s dentistry, and is better able to cater to children, they will ensure the experience is as positive as possible and make sure your child is comfortable.
Be vigilant with children’s oral health
Regular dental appointments are important so the paediatric dentist can monitor your child’s teeth, as well as give them a professional clean, but parents need to remain vigilant at home as well. Prevention is key when it comes to dental disease.
Assist them and make sure they brush twice a day
Until they reach the age of seven most children don’t have the dexterity needed to properly brush their own teeth, so make sure you help them. You can still have them give it a go, but make sure you give their teeth a thorough brush yourself, or have them help you hold the toothbrush.
Create positive mindset towards dental health
A reward chart can help get kids more excited about brushing their teeth. Work out what reward is suitable and then create a chart to keep track of their progress. Also, let your child choose their own toothbrush, something with their favourite character or colour on it, to make teeth brushing more appealing.
Make it fun
Kids can get bored easily, and brushing their teeth is unfortunately an activity that they might not find too exciting, so make it more fun for them by playing music or a video while they do it, something reserved just for when they brush their teeth. It will distract them from being bored and hopefully even have them looking forward to brushing their teeth.
Get the family involved
It will be more likely to encourage your child to brush their teeth if they see the rest of the family doing it too. Children love joining in with what others are doing, and it’s a good way to show them that it’s an enjoyable thing to do.
Less sugar – look for healthier alternatives
Trying to restrict the amount of sugar your child consumes can help to keep decay away. Sugar weakens the enamel of your teeth, which makes them vulnerable to decay. When you pack their lunch box make sure to fill it with healthy snacks, like fruit and yogurt, instead of sugary treats.
Mouthguard during sporting activities
It’s not just dental disease you need to protect your child from, but also injuries caused by external forces. It always a good thing when kids get active, but to protect their teeth make sure to get them a fitted mouthguard to help reduce the risk of dental injury. While accidents can happen, where you can you should try to provide as much protection for your children’s little teeth as possible.