Archive for October, 2013

Caring For Your Teeth 6+ Years Old

16th October, 2013

Brilliant Brushing-

From around the age of six, your child will have a mix of little teeth, big teeth and gaps. This is the time when the first new new big teeth grow through the gums and make little teeth wobbly. The little teeth are eventually pushed out completely, leaving gaps for the big teeth to fill. The enamel of the new big teeth is not fully mature and so is more vulnerable to decay. This phase will continue into the teen years. Losing their little teeth is an important part of growing up for any child and an important time for oral care, as big teeth need to last a lifetime.

By around age 7, your child should be ready to take charge of brushing themselves. Its still important to supervise though- make sure they brush around all parts of the mouth with a gentle circular motion over all the biting surfaces including the front, back and sides of each tooth and all the way down to the gum line.  At this age your child should be brushing for 2 minutes twice a day. Encourage them to spit the paste out after brushing, but not to rinse their mouth so that some protective fluoride remains.

The Right Equipment-

The changing mix of little teeth, big teeth and gaps make it more difficult to clean effectively. By choosing a toothbrush and mildly flavored toothpaste specially designed for for children aged 6 and above, you can help encourage your child to brush every morning and night. Its a good time to introduce a mouthwash too, as it helps where brushing can miss.

Healthy Eating-

Your child no doubt loves sugary foods and drinks, such as biscuits, chocolate and fizzy drinks, but unfortunately the bacteria on their teeth love them too. The bacteria eat the sugar to make acid, which attacks the tooth surfaces and causes decay. Its best to try and limit sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes, and ensure sugars are not consumed more than 4 times a day.

To make things more complicated acid can also come from healthy food and drinks such as fruit and fruit juices and eating or drinking a lot of these can be harmful to your child’s teeth. We understand it can hard to know which food or drinks can harm your child’s teeth, so ask your dentist about healthy options to ensure your child’s teeth stay healthy and strong

Visiting Your Dentist-

Now your child’s big teeth are coming through its more important than ever to make sure they are regularly visiting the dentist. By going every 6 months, your dentist will be able to catch any potential problems before they become painful or more serious. Going regularly is also a great habit to get into and sets your child up for a life of healthier teeth


Caring For Your Childs Teeth 3-5 Years Old

8th October, 2013

Brilliant Brushing-

Once your child has a full set of little teeth, Its important they are brushed for 2 minutes in the morning and at night. Getting your child into this habit from an early age helps prevents their little teeth decaying and sets them up for a life of healthy big teeth too.

Although you should still brush your child’s teeth at these ages, Its a good idea to let them start holding the brush for themselves. Later you can teach the correct brushing technique by guiding their hand as you as you brush in a gentle circular motion over all the biting surfaces, as well as the front, back and sides of each tooth. But remember, toothbrushes are not toys and a child shouldn’t be given a toothbrush to use while walking or doing other activities.

The Right Equipment-

An engaging toothbrush and mildly flavored toothpaste designed for children aged 3-5 helps encourage your child to brush every morning and night. Use a pea sized amount of children s fluoride toothpaste on a toothbrush suitable for their age. A specially formulated children s toothpaste delivers fluoride to your child’s teeth to help protect them from decay.

Remember to encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste after brushing, but not to rinse, so some fluoride remains in their mouth and continues to protect their teeth.

Healthy eating-

As with children of all ages, its important to limit the amount of sugar your child is eating and drinking. However tooth decay is also caused by how often teeth are exposed to sugar. After every sugary food or drink, the sugar reacts with plaque on your child’s teeth to make acid that weakens the teeth by removing calcium and other minerals. Multiple sugary treats, over the course of a day, can leave your child’s teeth vulnerable to decay.

By making sure sugary foods and drinks are limited to meal times, and replacing sugary snacks with healthy options, you help protect your child’s teeth from decay and set them up for a lifetime of healthy teeth.

As well as keeping a regular eye on your child’s teeth, visits every 6 month give you the opportunity to talk about healthy eating and brushing. If you are unsure how to brush correctly, ask your dentist to show you a brushing demonstration




Caring For Your Childs Teeth 0-2 Years Old

4th October, 2013

Brilliant Brushing-

Even before the first milk tooth comes through, its a good idea to gently clean your child’s gums with a soft cloth after each feed. Milk teeth start appearing any time from 3-12 months and will usually be fully in place by 3 years old. When they start pushing through we know your child might feel irritable and want to chew. You could try giving your child something to chew on, like a teething ring, or massage their gums with a clean finger.

Its really important to look after milk teeth as they help to make sure the permanent big teeth come through healthy and strong. As soon as the first little tooth appears, you should brush it in the morning and just before bed using a gentle circular motion. Make sure you clean all tooth surfaces, on the inside, outside and right up to the gum line and spend time on each tooth.

 The right equipment-

Using a toothbrush and toothpaste specially developed for children ages 2 years and under makes unfamiliar brushing more comfortable and supports healthy development of your child’s milk teeth. Apply a smear of fluoride toothpaste to a child toothbrush specially designed with a small head and soft bristles to be comfortable in little mouths

Healthy eating

As babies grow into toddlers they get better at distinguishing tastes and, like most of us, favour sweet foods. However its the sugar in these sweet foods that react with your child’s natural mouth bacteria to produce harmful acids, which can attack their teeth and cause decay. If milk teeth are lost prematurely due to decay, it can affect the development of your child’s big teeth.

In fact, milk teeth have thinner enamel than big teeth and are more vulnerable to decay, so it is really important to limit the sugary foods eaten by your child

Visiting your dentist-

As soon as your child’s first tooth comes through you should begin visiting the dentist and, unless the dentist recommends otherwise, return every 6 months.

Going on regular trips to the dentist is one of the most important parts of caring for your child’s teeth as it familiarises them with the new and sometimes strange environment and sets them u with good habits for years to come.