Getting our little ones to brush their teeth can be a battle for many parents but as hard as you may find it, it’s essential that your little ones get into good brushing habits from an early age.
Here are 5 tips from Dentist, Dr Amelia Wong on how you can keep your kid’s teeth in tip top condition:
Tip #1 – Brush your little one’s teeth up to the age of 6
By the times your little ones are aged 6 to 8 years, they should be able to brush their own teeth – up until this age, it’s advised that parents help their children to brush. By helping them to brush until they reach this age, you can be certain that they’re brushing all those hard to reach areas.
Tip #2 – Make brushing fun
We all know that encouraging good brushing habits in children can end up in tears and tantrums, so making the experience fun for your kids will help to ease the stress for everyone involved! Let your child choose their own toothbrush (appropriate for their age) and toothpaste and they’ll instantly feel happier about brushing!
Tip #3 – Brush along to their favourite song
Let your child choose a favourite song to brush along to for two minutes – if you have more than one child, let them take it in turns to choose a song. They’ll enjoy listening so much, the time will pass in a flash!
Tip #4 – Encourage healthy diets
Your child’s diet plays a huge part in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. A diet high in sugar will inevitably lead to tooth decay. Limit sugary treats to meal times to reduce the amount of time their teeth are exposed to harmful acids produced when sugar reacts with plaque bacteria. Another great tip is to give them a small piece of cheese after their favourite sweet treats to help to neutralise plaque acids.
Tip #5 – Brush along with them
If you’re struggling to keep your little one brushing for a full two minutes – join them! Have a little fun and brush along with them – they’ll love seeing you doing it too and the longer you brush, the longer they will!