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10 Dental health tips for children

Dr Mihir Shah, Head Dentist at Battersea Park Dental has been supporting DenTek on its #TeethTalk campaign and shares his best dental tips with Junior

Posted: 7 March 2018
by Bonita Turner
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TEETH! TEETH! TEETH!

How many times do you think you shout that every day before school, after sweets and at bedtime? Then take note of these tips from Dr Mihir Shah, Head Dentist at Battersea Park Dental who has been working with Dentek and it'srange of dental products for children includes brushes, fun floss sticks and animal toothbrush head covers.

1.    Brush twice a day for two minutes

As soon as the first tooth comes through, it is important to get into good oral hygiene habits. Brush your children’s teeth twice a day for as long as they will allow, building up to two minutes when they have a full set of baby teeth.

2.    Use fluoride toothpaste

Fluoride is important to protect teeth against decay and can also help reverse the early signs of decay. Children should use toothpaste containing 1,000 parts per million (ppm) until they are 3 years old, and between 1,350-1,550 ppm after the age of 3. Use a small smear of toothpaste and be sure they don’t swallow it.

3.    Spit and don’t rinse.

After brushing, encourage children to spit the toothpaste out but not to rinse their mouth with water. Leaving the layer of toothpaste on their teeth will make the fluoride more effective.

4.    Don’t forget to floss

As soon as two baby teeth start to touch, it is important to clean between them. Use floss at least once a day.

5.    Reduce the number of sugary snacks

It is not the amount of sugar, but the frequency of sugary treats that cause tooth decay. Limiting the number of times your child has a sugary treat will help reduce the risk of tooth decay.

6.    Avoid raisins and other dried fruits

Raisins and dried fruits are packed full of fruit sugars. Due to their sticky texture, they tend to get trapped between teeth and, if left, can cause decay.

7.    Visit the dentist

When you notice your child’s first tooth emerge, it’s time to see the dentist. It is important to desensitise children to the dental setting at an early age. Don’t forget to make it fun too!

8.    Stop bottle feeding early

Try to wean your baby off bottle feeding as soon as they can handle drinking from a cup. Prolonged bottle feeding, especially with sugary liquids and at night, can significantly increase chances of tooth decay.

9.    Habits

Habits, such as thumb sucking, will not only affect your children’s teeth, but can affect their jaw pattern and may lead to unnecessary lengthy orthodontic (braces) treatment. Try to stop them as early as possible. This includes the use of dummies (pacifiers), which should be stopped as soon after 6 months as possible.

10. After or before meals?

Our mouth is more acidic after we eat food and on average, it takes 20 minutes for it to return to normal. Get children to either brush first thing in the morning or 20-30 minutes after breakfast. And always, last thing before bed.

  

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The DenTek range for children

Dr Mihir Shah, is the Head Dentist at Battersea Park Dental  and has been supporting DenTek on its #TeethTalk campaign

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Posted: 24/03/2018 at 10:38

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Posted: 24/03/2018 at 10:39

Thank you Junior magazine for sharing about 10 Dental health tips for children by Zoey Callahan. Using flouride toothpaste is also the best idea you can go for. Avoiding raisins and other dried fruits are important too.

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