Healthy Mouth Tips
Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. You should also teach your children how important good oral health is for them, now and in the future.
You can do this by:
- Brushing thoroughly twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride and a toothbrush with a small head and compact bristles.
- Flossing or using interdental brushes daily.
- Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals.
- Visiting your dentist regularly Your dentist or hygienist can help you maintain good oral hygiene techniques and can help point out areas of your mouth that may require attention.
Cleaning your child’s teeth
When the first teeth come through, use a children’s toothbrush with a smear of toothpaste.
Sit or stand behind your child, cradling their chin in your hand so you can reach their top and bottom teeth more easily.
Once all their teeth have come through, use a small-headed soft toothbrush in small circular movements and try to concentrate on one section at a time.
Make tooth brushing a routine – once in the morning and then the last things before your child goes to bed.
It is important to supervise your child’s brushing until they are at least 8 years old.
Remember to encourage your child – praise often gets results.