In many countries, rates of dental decay in children are on the increase, including, here in Ireland. Every year, according to the government, around 3,600 Irish children end up in the hospital because their teeth are rotten. Given that it is a growing problem it is important for parents to be aware of the issue and how to keep their children´s teeth stay healthy.
Find a good dentist
Finding a good dentist is very important when it comes to maintaining the health of your children´s teeth. Firms like the Dublin 4 dental practice offer services that are specifically tailored to the needs of young children. This kind of practice employs one or more dentists that spend virtually all of their day treating kids. Therefore, they know how to make a child fill comfortable and ensure that they never end up feeling afraid.
Studies show that children who have had a bad experience at the dentists rarely attend dental clinics as they get older. Usually, a fear of dental procedures stays with someone for life. As a result, they tend to suffer more with their teeth as teenagers and adults.
Set a good example
It is very important to set a good example for your children. If they see you cleaning your teeth regularly, flossing and going to the dentist regularly they are far more likely to do the same.
Most of us know that as soon as the first tooth comes through it is time to start cleaning your children’s teeth, initially, with a cloth and later with a baby toothbrush. As they get older, you can let them try brushing their own teeth. However, you really need to take over at some point to make sure that their teeth are properly clean.
When it comes to letting your child take over the task completely it is best to ask your child’s dentist. He or she will have kept pace with the latest research, so will be able to give the best guidance.
Be ready to supervise your child for several years
Generally speaking, even when your child becomes dexterous enough to be able to brush his or her own teeth you should still supervise. The fact that they are capable of brushing properly does not mean that they will actually do so. An awful lot of young children who do brush their teeth regularly still end up with cavities. Often, this is because they only give their teeth a perfunctory brush rather than using the right technique and taking the time to do the job properly.
Teach them to use plaque disclosing tablets
Once the child is old enough, use disclosing tablets every month or so to check that they are getting rid of all of the plaque. They will highlight any bits that your child is missing.
Just be sure not to leave them within easy reach of your kids. They tend to love using them, so if they get the chance will use the whole packet. These tablets are designed for occasional use, so it is not a good idea for your kids to use them more than a few times a month. You can find out more about how disclosing tablets work, from this short video.
*This is a collaborative post.