Well, that’s another year done and dusted. Why couldn’t the relaxing summer days last for just a little while longer? Kids will be starting a new year of classes, activities, sports, and every student’s favourite, homework. And us parents will go back to rushed mornings, traffic jams, and tired nights; all to repeat it the next day.
Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? As much as we made it sound horrible, we all love being a parent.
5 Best Tips to Keep Child’s Teeth Healthy
With the chaos of the school year quickly approaching, it’s not surprising that oral health routines can take a back seat. As a family dentist in Croydon, we want to give a few tips on how you can help your child keep their healthy teeth, prevent problems such as cavities and gum disease.
Monitor their Brushing and Flossing
We know a parent’s time is scarce. But until you are confident your child is brushing twice a day (morning and night) and flossing at least once we recommend you observe and positively reinforce after each successful attempt.
You will be surprised how many patients we treat that don’t practice the basics and it usually starts from never being accountable during their childhood.
If you would like to know what toothbrush to choose, click here.
Pack Healthy Foods
As the saying goes: One apple a day keeps the doctor away
It can also keep the dentist away…
Well not really. But eating healthy foods, low on refined sugar has been shown to give a healthier set of teeth.
Healthy school foods:
- Celery sticks
Now we want to make sure your child doesn’t come home with a full lunchbox so it’s best to give healthy foods they enjoy eating.
Alternative drinks to water such as soft drinks, juice, and cholate milk are notorious for causing tooth decay. Not only does water replenish the whole body it also washes away sticky food particles. Go with your child to buy a water bottle and encourage them to take it to school.
Friendly Conversation about Oral Health
How many were we told to do something when we were little but were never explained why? And how many of us didn’t listen? Having calm conversations can lead your child to have a positive relationship with their oral health.
Here is some information that you can use in conversation:
- How they can avoid bad breath
- Why brushing is good but may not be enough
- Why do their teeth need to be checked at a young age
Purchase a Custom Mouthguard
Did you know athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to experience trauma to their teeth? At The Fine-Tooth Company, our dentists make custom mouthguards that are the perfect fit. Avoid the impact from heavy knocks and deal with chipped or missing teeth
You may find an over-the-counter mouthguard that fits but to minimize the most risk custom is the way to go.
Come in for Dental Check-ups at Croydon Dental Clinic
Even if no other tips are followed, following this one can give you the most benefit.
During dental check-ups, our dentists in Croydon will…
- Check for any teeth and gum issues
- Remove hardened plaque which is unable to go away from regular brushing and flossing
- Check for cavities
- Talk to them about their oral hygiene habits
Find problems earlier to minimize future harm.