Children grow faster than parents would probably like and before we realised, they are ready to go to school. During the morning rush, some kids may leave home without brushing their teeth, not spending enough time doing it or they might eat sugary snacks while they are at school. This could cause tooth decay; that why it’s important to establish a good oral health routine, which will help them to understand the relevance of looking after their teeth and will bring them huge benefits in the future. It can sometimes be challenging, so trying to make brushing a funny experience by using songs, games or a sandglass to time for how long they brush, could turn a habit into an enjoyable moment.
Here are some tips that will help you to protect the teeth of the youngest in the family:
1. Use a small toothbrush and a low fluoride toothpaste. Brush all the teeth (not just the front ones) for two minutes at least two times a day; after breakfast and before going to bed.
2. Use a smear of toothpaste for children under 3 years old and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste for children between 3 and 6 years old.
3. Avoid or reduce the number of certain foods or drinks that contain sugar like soft drinks, sweets or juices as the acid stays in the teeth and attacks them.
4. Visit the dentist twice a year for check-ups. The dentist will help to keep the teeth clear and will give them advice.