Tips to Protect Your Childs Smile

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Children's Dental

TFI Connect Dentistry recommends parents introduce their child to a healthy children's dental routine from an early age. To help prevent teeth and gum problems from developing in childhood & adult years.

Create a brushing routine

If your child is often too tired to brush their teeth before bedtime, choose another time to brush. At TFI Connect Dentistry we recommend that your child brushes at least once each day, however it is preferable to get in the practice of brushing twice a day where possible.

Making brushing time fun!

Help your child to enjoy brushing their teeth by turning on their favourite music. You can encourage your child to start brushing at the start of the song and continue until the end. That way the time will go much faster and they will get their two minutes of brushing done in no time.

Choosing a toothpaste

If your child does not like the taste of their toothpaste, try a few different brands. It is important to ensure that the toothpaste you choose contains fluoride.


Brushing For Babies

Start your child's dental routine when your child's teeth begin to appear, you can start cleaning them with a soft, damp cloth. Wipe gently over the teeth and gums to remove any milk residue.


Brushing For Children

As your child grows you can start to introduce a soft children's toothbrush to their children's dental routine. From around two to six years of age we recommend using a low fluoride based toothpaste. Once they switch to a regular fluoride toothpaste we recommend using a very small amount (approximately half the size of a pea). This is the case as most children will swallow a small amount. Despite this, children's toothpastes are specially formulated and have reduced levels of fluoride, which effectively protect and strengthen your child's teeth.

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Lead by example

Young children often learn best by imitation. Brushing together can help make brushing a fun part of your child's daily routine. Parents will need to help until they feel confident that their child can reach all the tricky spots and brush with confidence.


Check their work

After brushing it can be beneficial to take a few minutes to inspect your child's teeth. Make sure they have reached all of the tricky spots and have paid attention to molars in the back. If you notice any white spots, dark spots or even a hole in a tooth these should be checked your dentist.


Maintain a healthy approach to food

Healthy eating habits are beneficial to your child's overall wellbeing. A balanced diet, with children consuming foods from all sections of the healthy food pyramid, can help to prevent decay while strengthening and protecting teeth. Encourage your child to eat healthy snacks and discuss their food choices with them.

Teeth friendly snacks include:

  • Fresh Fruit and vegetables
  • Cheese and yoghurt
  • Crackers
  • Nuts

It is important to avoid foods high in sugar and starch which can cause cavities. Cookies, chips, sugary drinks (such as soft drinks) and roll-ups are fine as occasional treats, however they should not be a regular food staple.

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