Maintain a good brushing routine

One of the main ways of protecting your children’s mouth, but often one of the hardest to police, is a regular and thorough brushing regime. You should try to ensure that your children are brushing for a minimum of two minutes, twice a day; once in the morning as soon as they wake up and once again before bedtime. Ensuring that their teeth are brushed regularly is really important in stopping the build-up of harmful plaque. Plaque collects where the tooth meets the gums, so make sure that the bristles of their brush reach this area when brushing. Using a toothpaste which contains fluoride will also help as fluoride strengthens your teeth to give extra protection against decay.

Finding the right brush for your children is also important, as an electric brush can be good, but only if used correctly with the right technique. Change their brush regularly; As soon as the bristles become frayed or worn, around every 2-3 months, you should change the manual brush or electric brush head to ensure a comprehensive clean.

Diet is key

Some of the biggest enemies for our children’s teeth are also the most tempting and enjoyed – fizzy drinks and sugary foods contain high levels of acids, which are the main culprits for dissolving the protective outer surface of our teeth; enamel. This is called erosion, and thins out our teeth, causing damage, decay and making them more sensitive and more likely to chip and sometimes yellowing of the teeth. Sugary foods can be damaging by causing decay, or cavities, in the teeth. By avoiding or limiting the prevalence of sugary food and drink your children consume, can significantly help to stop erosion and sensitivity. .

Milk teeth are still important

It’s a common misconception that milk teeth don’t need as much attention as they eventually fall out and make way for adult teeth. Whilst it is true that they fall out, they serve as the base a guide and space holder for the adult teeth to push through, or ‘erupt’. If milk teeth aren’t taken care of and fall out too early, or in worse cases, have to be removed, this can cause alignment issues and increase the chances of requiring orthodontic treatment. It’s not just about cavity prevention.

Maintain a routine

Routine is key to promoting good habits and good oral health, so try to encourage regular dentist visits and developing good food and brushing habits from a young age. If you have any questions concerns about how you can encourage good oral hygiene for your children, our friendly team at Abbey Mead Dental & Implant Clinic are here to help. Call us on 01822 611121 for more information and keep an eye out for more helpful information on children’s hygiene at our ‘children’s hygiene hub’.