- More than half of all 6 year olds have some decay in their baby and adult teeth.
- A new year provides the opportunity for parents to do their bit to reverse this trend by taking the family to the dentist for a check-up.
- The early detection of a tooth decay, gives the opportunity to reverse the decay process before a filling is required.
- Baby teeth DO matter. Children with tooth aches can not concentrate in class, can be ridiculed can If removed too early as a cause of decay, there can be crowding problems.
What to do:
- Brush teeth twice a day with a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
- Start caring for your child’s oral health from when they are a baby, so by the time they reach three years of age, they know it is important to keep their teeth healthy.
- Drink plenty of tap water and limit sugary foods.
- Develop good eating and drinking habits: fresh foods such as vegetables, cheese and lean meats, minimal high-sugar foods such as biscuits and muesli bars.
- Accidents happen! Familiarizing yourself with dental first aid means that you will be well prepared for handling dental trauma correctly.
- Children should have seen an oral health professional by the time they go to school.
Parents have the primary responsibility for teaching their children how to look after their teeth and gums however Dental clinics have an important role in supporting and enforcing what children learn at home.
Do you want to know more about looking after Childrens teeth??
Come to Providence Medical and Dental – Belmont and speak to your dentist.