The Importance of Getting Your Children Into A Good Dental Routine

As parents, you have a key role in helping your children develop a good dental routine. The Centre for Advanced Dentistry Yorkshire share some tips on how to take care of your children’s teeth, from brushing their very first tooth to their first trip to the dentist.


Let’s start with toothpaste

It’s important to use Fluoride toothpaste as soon as your child’s first milk tooth breaks through, this will help prevent and control tooth decay.  Many parents can get sucked in to buying ‘children’s toothpaste’ – the packaging is sometimes more child friendly, however many of them don’t have enough fluoride in them to prevent tooth decay! How much toothpaste does your child need to use, we hear you say? Below the age of three years, children should use just a smear of toothpaste, until they get to age three to six when they can start using a pea-sized blob of toothpaste.


Tooth brushing

Children (and adults!) should brush their teeth at least twice a day. As parents, you should be supervising your child brushing their teeth until they are seven or eight years old. From the age of seven or eight, they should be able to brush their own teeth, but it’s still a good idea to watch them now and again to make sure they brush properly and for about two minutes.


A visit to the dentist

Parents should take their child to the dentist when their first milk teeth appear. Regular visits to the dentist will allow children to become familiar with the environment and get to know the dentist. Their dentist can help prevent tooth decay and identify any oral health problems at an early stage. A visit to the dentist may be daunting for some, so as parents try to be positive about it and make the trip exciting and fun!


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