Holistic Dental Clinic advises parent to introduce their child to professional dental care from the age of three. Along with this introduce them to the basics of oral health like brushing, flossing and preventing tooth decay. Follow these steps to protect your oral health.
The most basic part of you and your children’s dental hygiene regime is a toothbrush. Our dentists recommend that you follow a few basic tips mentioned below to ensure that your child’s teeth are in good condition for a very long time to come.
- Brushes at least twice a day, ideally in the morning and before you go to bed
- Brush at least two minutes each time (most people do not brush long enough)
- Be sure to brush the inner and outer surfaces of your teeth, as well as the chewing surfaces on your back teeth
- Replace the toothbrush every 3 or 4 months, or sooner if it shows signs of wear
- Move the toothbrush in a gentle circular motion; try to avoid scrubbing it hard
The slight motion effectively breaks up plaque on your teeth. Especially for children train them to clean large areas like the back of the teeth. Another thing you can do is make sure everyone brushes their tongue to ensure you all have fresh breath. Kids will need a little coaxing but its worth the effort.
Children should begin flossing around age 4. Show your child how to floss properly so they don’t hurt their gums. Flossing should be done once a day, which can be a hassle if your child doesn’t like it. A bit of creativity might help your child easily add flossing to their oral hygiene routine.
Post-brush oral rinses for children help prevent cavities, kill germs that cause bad breath and protect teeth against plaque formation and stains. They should be used twice daily after brushing and flossing. Some paediatric dentists recommend oral rinses for children as an adjunct to paediatric dental care. Oral rinses are especially good for children who wear braces, because the rinse can treat hard-to –reach areas of the mouth that a toothbrush or floss can’t.
Tooth decay us bad news. It can cause your child pain and discomfort. It can also affect eating, speaking and sleeping. The good news is that tooth decay is easy to avoid with good dental care and tooth- friendly eating and drinking. Tooth friendly foods are low in sugar are always a good option. Encourage your child to chew the food and get your child’s saliva going.
Getting profession dental care help is the best way to have your child’s teeth in check. There are many private dental clinics all over Melbourne but not all dental clinic caters for children. In Melbourne you can visit Holistic Dental on Collins Street. In Brunswick, Holistic Dental is on 7 Melville Road. In Donvale, Holistic Dental is located at suite 3, 90 Mitcham Road. Book an appointment with us so that we can guide you about the best dental care for your child.