7 steps to ensure your child’s smile lasts a lifetime

Published on 10/09/2018

It is important to ensure that you start to brush your child’s teeth from the moment their first tooth appears.

The team at Leigh Dental Centre have some simple to follow steps to ensure that your child’s smile lasts a lifetime. By putting in place a good oral hygiene routine you can ensure that you protect your child’s oral health for the future.

1. Brush teeth twice a day

It is important to ensure that you brush their teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste and suitable toothbrush, before bed and at one other time during the day.

2. Supervise children until at least 7 years old

It is important that you supervise your child toothbrushing to ensure that they do not miss any areas. Using disclosing tablets once a month can also help to give your child a clear understanding of any areas that they may be missing.

3. Spit don’t rinse

After toothbrushing just spit out your toothpaste. Do not rinse your mouth as this will wash away the fluoride protection.

4. Reduce the amount and frequency of sugary foods and drinks

It is important to keep sugary foods and drinks for mealtimes, helping to protect your child’s teeth from frequent sugar attacks that can lead to tooth decay.

5. Wear a mouthguard when playing sport

Wearing a mouthguard while playing sport can help to protect your teeth from damage. Ensuring that they last a lifetime.

6. Consider fluoride varnish applications

Fluoride varnish provides extra protection against tooth decay when used in addition to brushing. Fluoride varnish is a pale-yellow gel that sets quickly when applied to children’s teeth using a soft brush. The varnish sets quickly, has a pleasant taste and a fruity smell. Scientific studies have shown that fluoride varnish gives added protection to teeth against decay when used in addition to brushing teeth regularly with fluoride toothpaste.

7. Attend for regular dental appointments

It is important that you attend for regular dental appointments as soon your child’s first tooth appears. By starting visits at a young age, you can reduce the risk of dental fear.

If you would like to find out how to ensure your child’s teeth last a lifetime, call Leigh Dental Centre, today on 01702 472929 and book your dental appointment today.

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