Dental Health For Your Children

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Teaching your child to take care of your teeth is a skill and habit that they can take with them for the rest of their lives, therefore it is one of the best lessons you can instill in your child as a parent. Here are some great tips for caring for the dental health of your child.

The first set

The first set of teeth a child receives are known as “milk” or “baby” teeth and it is inevitable that a child will lose these teeth. This should be seen as a set for your child to practice on and maintain them, especially when the next set will last them for the rest of their life. This is the time to instill lifelong habits into your child, and in years to come they will most certainly thank you, because they will reduce their chances of things like tartar and plaque buildup, as well as dental cavities.

Brushing

This is something that you should initially supervise, particularly until your child becomes confident in doing it themself. There also is a tendency for young children to not do this properly and have little desire to do it. You should show your child how to brush and show them that they need to clean all the surfaces of the teeth.

Two minutes is generally an effective amount of time for your child to brush and they should only use a pea sized amount of toothpaste. To keep them interested you can do fun things like playing a song that they can brush to. You should also ensure that your child does not swallow any of the toothpaste.

Dental visits

Getting your child used to being at the dentist is also an important step that will continue throughout the life of your child. You should praise dentistry and make sure that your child understands that the dentist is there to help them and not somebody to be feared. There are also a number of child friendly dental practices around, so it is a good idea to find one that caters for adults, as well as children.

About the dentist

BEAM orthodontics is a specialist orthodontic practice that offers orthodontics in St Andrews and a number of other orthodontic treatments.

36 South Tay Street

Dundee

DD1 1PD

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