Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Keep your child’s teeth healthy – the easy way

There’s nothing more important to a child’s growth than healthy teeth. It affects the way they eat, interact and feel. Keeping them fresh and clean should be a valuable part of any daily routine. Not only does it make sure that everything’s fresh and healthy but it sets them up for their future dental care regime.

Below are a few simple and easy rules to follow to make sure your child’s teeth are as healthy as can be.

Twice a day, every day

This routine should be strongly upheld as brushing at least twice a day is the key to great dental hygiene for both adults and children. Get them into a routine as early as possible and make brushing their teeth part of their preparations for school or bedtime. Consider brushing your teeth at the same time as them to set a good example and encourage them to maintain the practice throughout their lives.

Replace their toothbrush regularly

The best toothbrush children can use is one with soft nylon bristles but like any product they won’t last forever. Replacing your and your children’s toothbrushes should be done every few months or when bristles become stiff and unresponsive. Toothbrushes lose their effectiveness when they’re like this and can cause unnecessary damage to sensitive gums and developing teeth.

Nylon bristles are gentle on the teeth and will be extremely effective at removing any food particles left behind which makes them a great choice for kids. Alternatively, something with a little more power like an electric toothbrush can be a fun way for your child to brush their teeth and offer thorough results.

Wait 45mins after eating

When your child is brushing their teeth, it’s best to wait at least 45 minutes after they’ve finished their food. Brushing straight after does not give the mouth’s saliva and digestive enzymes enough time to break down any remaining food or drink and may actually jam small particles of food into the gums. This can be very difficult to remove on subsequent brushes and can cause problems such as cavities or sensitive gums later on.

Use mouthwash

A little mouthwash is great for keeping children’s breath fresh and the best mouthwash is one tailored to your specific needs. Questions such as whether your chosen mouthwash is alcohol-free, how suitable it is for sensitive or growing teeth and whether it contains plaque-fighting ingredients are all things families should consider.