If your child gets into the habit of going to the dentist, they’ll grow up believing that these trips are normal and healthy.
All you need to do is follow these 5 tips:
1. Eat right from day one
Your child’s teeth will begin forming long before they’re born. So, eat right while you’re pregnant (including lots of Calcium and Vitamin C). Then, if you can, breastfeed. That way, they will get all of the nutrients they needs to develop healthy teeth!
2. Start a tooth brushing routine
You’ll need to start brushing your child’s teeth with a soft brush as soon as they start to appear. As long as you’ve got fluoride in your water, you won’t need any toothpaste for the first 18 months. After that, you’ll only need a small drop.
Once your child is old enough to brush their own teeth, watch them carefully! In fact, you’ll probably need to supervise until they are about 8. Swallowing toothpaste can be downright dangerous. (If you want to minimize the risks, opt for a low-fluoride toothpaste.)
3. Just say “no” to sweets
Even though they taste good, the sugar in sweet drinks and candy will empower the bacteria in your child’s mouth – which is a great way to develop tooth decay. So, keep your child’s sugar intake to a minimum, and make sure they brushes their teeth right after they have a treat.
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4. Do everything you can to stop thumb-sucking
When your child sucks their thumb, they can actually push their teeth and jaw out of alignment! So, make the ending of thumb-sucking a priority. If you have to, let your child temporarily use a dummy – but only at bedtime! Dummies can push things out of alignment, too. And, of course, keep your dummies as clean as possible. The last thing you want to do is shove more bacteria into your child’s mouth!
5. Put an emphasis on water
As soon as your doctor says your little one can have water, give it to them. And, the sooner they can drink it from a cup, the better! Bottles can have the same effect on your child’s teeth as thumbs and dummies do!
6. See your children’s dentist regularly
Do everything you can to make trips to the dentist as pleasant as possible. That way, your child will always have a positive attitude towards their teeth! You don’t have to be an expert in children’s dentistry in order to make sure that your kids grow up to have healthy teeth.
Joanne Lemke is a final year creative writing student at UOW, who is looking to break into the corporate copywriting space once she graduates and hopefully go on to eventually some day write a book around her other passions, namely beauty, cooking and travel.