Baby teeth and how to treat them

Posted by Default Admin on 26 June 2015

'A third of five-year-olds and nearly half of eight-year-olds show signs of decay in their milk teeth' according to a recent national health survey. What does this mean for our children?

Some adults are of the opinion that milk teeth are a 'First Take' and that it's only the second lot of teeth that we need to worry about. Sadly, this opinion is misguided. Firstly, dental problems can occur at any age. Secondly, how our children treat their milk teeth forms the habits that will follow them into adulthood. If a child isn't used to taking care of their teeth and doesn't understand the importance of caring for them, they are unlikely to suddenly start once they get their adult teeth.

What can parents do to ensure good habits?

Firstly, it's worth remembering that children lead by example. Kids who see their parents brushing their teeth morning and night are more likely to accept and prioritise oral care as part of their regular daily routine.

Secondly, there are a range of products out there to help make brushing your teeth fun and it's worth incorporating them into your child's routine. From toothbrushes that sport your child's favourite cartoon character to flavoured toothpastes, there are a host of products which can help get your child excited about looking after their teeth! You can even purchase toothbrushes that will play a snippet of music that will keep playing for the appropriate amount of time your child should be brushing. This will help form the brushing habit that will keep them in a good oral hygiene routine throughout later life.

Finally and perhaps most importantly, talk to your children about why this activity is important: why a healthy mouth is an attractive one and why dental problems could be distressing further down the line. Ensuring that your children are encouraged to look after their mouths is absolutely key in instilling their own desire to do so!

Please call us at Brilliant on 01443 887564 if you want to discuss your child's dental health or make them an appointment with us.