This year has seemed to speed past at a ridiculous speed and I have spent the last couple of months playing catch up with all the normal family admin and appointments and it’s no word of a lie that I am behind in getting everything done.
Being on the back foot means somethings have been left by the wayside and I must admit that dentists appointments are something that I have unintentionally let slip by which is really bad since the NHS appointments for children are free and so are fluoride treatments where appropriate to further help prevent tooth decay.
According to a recent poll by MyDentist’s I am not the only parent here in the UK that is not on the ball where children and oral health is concerned as more than half of the 1000 UK parents asked had stopped helping their children brush their teeth before the age of seven and two thirds don’t know what kind of brush their child should be using! … *Holds hand up in the air* – I admit thats us too!
Did you know …
Did you also know that babies should be visiting a dentist as soon as their first tooth appears or by one, whichever is sooner? I didn’t know this and again I probably failed on that too
Cavities in baby teeth do matter and can cause problems later down the line.
Drinking juice or milk after brushing teeth before bed is now understood to be a cause of tooth decay!
This summer I am determined to get back in control of the kids oral health and spend more time with Jacob teaching them to brush his teeth properly.
We have let Joshua brush his own teeth for well over a year and don’t really supervise him brushing so I want to make sure he is also brushing correctly and for me I must get those all important children’s dental appointments booked in with no school through the holidays and being free there is really no excuse to finally getting the boys to an appointment.
Tips for encouraging good dental health in kids…
- Visit the dentist with your child as soon as their first tooth comes through or by the time they turn one (whichever is sooner)
- Only let your child drink water before bed if they need a bedtime drink after they’ve brushed their teeth
- Teach your child to spit out excess toothpaste after they brush, but not to rinse or gargle (that washes away the ingredients that help prevent decay)
- Give your child a soft, small headed toothbrush for brushing milk teeth
- Ensure your child to brush for the full, recommended, two minutes
- Your child should be brushing twice a day
- Always check the fluoride levels in the toothpaste you buy your child which should be at least 1000ppm – it tells you on the box. Fluoride is a natural mineral found in drinking water and many foods. It plays an important role in your child’s oral health by strengthening their tooth enamel, making it more resistant to tooth decay
*This is a collaborative post with MyDentist*