Dentist tricks for kids by Toothbeary? Dental hygiene for kids is just as important as it is for adults! It’s never too early to be concerned about your children’s dental health. At toothbeary.co.uk, we do our best to make visiting the dentist a fun and positive experience for kids of all ages. February is National Children’s Dental Health month, so today we’re sharing some of our best tips on dental health for kids. As soon as they get their first teeth, start brushing your child’s teeth with a soft brush and plain water. Around age two, toddlers can start learning how to brush their own teeth.
Ditch the Pacifier by Age 2 or 3: There are lots of good reasons to let your child use a pacifier, but in the long term it can affect how his teeth line up. It can also change the shape of the mouth. Talk to your doctor if he’s still using a pacifier past age 3.
Remind your child to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste for a full two minutes which not only fights cavities and strengthens teeth, but also gives older kids the confidence of having fresh breath. A power toothbrush might make brushing more fun for preteens. Flossing is extremely important at this point as most permanent teeth have erupted and cleaning between them will help prevent cavities and keep their mouth fresh. Encourage children who play sports to wear a mouth guard to protect their teeth from injuries. Make sure kids who wear braces use a power brush and floss very thoroughly to avoid white spots on teeth when braces come off.
At Toothbeary we use hypnosis techniques to help your child relax during treatment. Hypnosis works by focusing the child’s awareness on non-threatening aspects of the experience, whilst in a trance-like state. By narrating positive thoughts and diverting the child’s mind from the treatment, it helps him/her to “switch off”, while still remaining responsive. Children feel pleasantly influenced by hypnosis, creating an overall happy experience. If a child is traumatised we offer hypnotherapy, which will help to overcome his/her fear and build up a trustful relationship again. See additional details Children’s hypnosis and hypnotherapy in London. A 2019 study by Public Health England which looked into the dental health of 5-year old’s, alarmingly revealed that a quarter of them had experienced tooth decay. The results from this study were almost identical to a 2017 study, suggesting that no progress had been made in regards to tackling tooth decay amongst children, and it’s possible the situation is similar today. Be careful with healthy foods that are sticky, such as raisins and bananas. They contain concentrated sugars that will adhere to the teeth. Try mixing them into meals such as porridge, so that more saliva can help break them down. If food does stick to the teeth and is not properly removed, this can lead to plaque and decay.
Summer dental tip : As a London pediatric dentistry, we take our responsibility toward children’s dental health seriously and offer our easy-to-follow dental hygiene tips for parents to make sure your child’s smile stays happy and healthy. Pack a Toothbrush for Overnight Visits: If your child is sleeping over at a friend’s house or visiting grandma for the weekend, make sure that their children’s toothbrush and toothpaste is packed. If you’re worried grandma won’t enforce teeth brushing, we recommend buying your child an inexpensive toothbrush with their favorite character on it. This can provide an incentive for them to try out their new toothbrush during their weekend away.
We are a unique paediatric dentist in London designed exclusively to give full play to the inquisitive, innocent and fun young minds of children aged 0-18. We are passionate and dedicated about providing the highest standard of paediatric dentistry and modern, state of the art treatments in the most child friendly, playful and relaxed atmosphere. Our professional individualised approach and our belief that each visit to the dentist should be fun, form the essence of our philosophy that drives us to develop the most positive and rewarding experiences to promote and reinforce optimal and long-term oral health. See extra info www.toothbeary.co.uk.
Read Tooth-Related Stories before Bed Time: Instead of reading the usual stories before bed, try finding some tooth related stories for your child. Books and stories are fun ways to teach your children the importance of brushing their teeth. For example, the story about The Tooth Fairy is a great way to motivate your child to keep their teeth beautiful and healthy. Teach your children that the Tooth Fairy collects teeth that have fallen out and leaves small “presents” in return. If the fairy finds a good healthy looking tooth she will reward them for it. This way your child will feel less anxious about losing their teeth and show interest to nurture them as well.