Back to School: What Parents Should Be Telling Their Kids on Oral Health

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About four out of every ten children in an Australian study had experienced dental caries (otherwise known as cavities) in their primary teeth.

Many parents aren’t concerned about those primary teeth because they’ll fall out anyway, but good oral hygiene starts in childhood. It’s crucial to start healthy habits as early as possible. 

This Oral Health Day, we want to talk about what parents should be teaching their children to encourage a lifetime of healthy smiles. Read on to learn more. 

The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene 

Parents must teach their kids the importance of brushing their teeth at least twice per day and flossing daily. They should explain that brushing removes food particles and plaque from their teeth, and that prevents painful cavities and gum disease.

Often, it’s best to lead by example. If parents display good dental hygiene habits to their young children, it’s likely that the children will mimic them. 

Parents can also find creative ways to make oral hygiene fun and engaging for their kids. They can use colourful toothbrushes, flavoured toothpaste, and fun songs or games (that you can even use apps for) to make brushing and flossing enjoyable.

The Value of a Good Dentist

Your child should start having regular dental visits by their second birthday. By getting your child used to a dentist early, you can reduce the chance of them developing dental anxiety and improve their overall dental hygiene and oral health! 

Let your child know that their dentist is their friend. The dentist is there to make sure that they develop healthy teeth and gums. It’s good to visit a dentist at least twice annually, or more if the child has special circumstances, like if they’re undergoing orthodontic work.

Explain to your child that dentists can detect oral health issues early. They can also prevent problems from worsening and provide helpful advice on maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Dental hygienists will also provide teeth cleaning services to get rid of plaque and tartar that a toothbrush can’t quite conquer. 

Healthy Eating Habits

Parents are responsible for teaching their children to eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. They should limit excess sugary snacks and drinks. Those drinks can contribute to tooth decay and cavities.

Having a healthy diet is important for a child’s entire body. Their teeth are no exception. Eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of fresh water will encourage the development of healthy gums and teeth that are free of decay. 

Teach Good Habits on Oral Health Day

On Oral Health Day, make sure you’re teaching your child how to take care of their smile! Educate them on oral hygiene, teach them the importance of a good dentist, and teach them healthy eating habits for their teeth. You’ll set them up for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums!

Do you need a new dentist for your child? The Bondi Dentists are here to help.  With their years of expertise in children’s dentistry, you know your child will be in good hands. 

Reach out for an appointment today.