As Children’s Week approaches (from 21–29 October), Cardiff Dental is spreading the news that when you teach your children to take care of their teeth, you’re protecting more than just their smiles.
Children with healthy teeth and good dental habits have a better chance of keeping them (good habits and teeth!) for life, while avoiding dental disease, and other general health issues.
In 1996 Children’s Week was given the permanent theme: “A Caring World Shares”. In that vein, Cardiff Dental is pleased to share information about dental hygiene for children that can help ensure better dental and overall health later in life!
The Role of Parents
Imparting good dental habits to your children will help keep their teeth white, dental health good, and prevent other diseases related to poor dental hygiene. But getting kids excited about taking care of their teeth is not always simple. Start your children on the right track by using these techniques to make taking care of their teeth a fun part of their everyday routine.
1. Sing a song
Singing a song automatically makes everything more fun. Use a song to make sure your child is spending enough time brushing and to help make it a fun part of their everyday routine. If you have a pad, you can also consider a video.
2. Electric toothbrush
There are a several advantages of electric toothbrushes over manual ones. First, they’re more fun. And anything that makes brushing more fun will encourage kids to do it regularly. But an electric toothbrush also has practical advantages. Little, developing hands can be uncoordinated, making traditional brushing ineffective for full cleaning.
An electric toothbrush boosts the amount of work that bristles can do on tiny teeth.
3. Get an app
There are plenty of apps out there to make brushing and flossing fun for kids and encourage them to set healthy habits. Again, anything that makes dental hygiene fun is probably worth trying!
4. Model good behaviors
As a parent, you know your kids are going to follow the examples that you set. If your children see you regularly brushing and flossing and taking care of your teeth, they’ll be more likely to do the same.
5. Talk about nutrition
It’s important to talk to your kids about good nutrition and the damage sugary sweets and soda can do to your teeth. Then, make plenty of healthy choices available and make sure that when your children do indulge in sugary foods, they brush their teeth afterward to keep cavities away.
When Should Dental Visits Begin?
Your child should first see a dentist whenever his or her first tooth breaks through the gums or by the age of one. Early visits mean dentists can diagnose dental development issues before they become serious problems. These visits can prevent dental problems or complicated surgeries later in a child’s life.
In addition, your child can start to get used to the routine of seeing the dentist, making future visits less scary.
Your Child’s First Appointment at Cardiff Dental
During your child’s first appointment, our dentist will want to learn your child’s complete medical history and may perform a longish examination. Your child may receive X-rays, a teeth cleaning, and a fluoride treatment. If needed, your child will be scheduled for any restorative or orthodontic work such as sealants, crowns, or spacers.
Our staff strives to make you and your child feel comfortable by keeping parents with the children throughout the exam and offering a family-centered, relaxing environment. We try our hardest to help your child overcome fears and feel calm.
Your Trusted Family Dentist in Cardiff
If you have a child in need of treatment, or any other dental issues, do not hesitate to call us at Cardiff Dental (02) 4954 6888.
Visit us today and take advantage of CDBS (Child Dental Benefits Schedule) and receive up to $1,000 worth of basic dental treatments over 2 calendar years.
Cardiff Dental is open from Monday to Saturday to cater all your dental needs.