Healthy Grown-up Smiles
By the time you little one turns 3, they should be showing off a full set of teeth when they smile. Looking after their baby teeth is just as important as looking after their adult teeth when they start to come through. Those hard-earned baby teeth will start to fall out to make room for adult teeth between when your child is between 3 and 6 years old. Encouraging a daily dental care routine for your little one now will help protect their existing baby teeth and emerging adult teeth from decay, as well as giving them self confidence, preventing bad breath and scary visits to the dentist! You’ll also be helping them to develop healthy habits that they will take with them into adulthood so that they can keep that healthy happy smile for ever.
What do I need to do?
Brush brush brush! Until your child is around 6 years old, you’ll need to do it for them, and even after that you should always supervise brushing time to ensure they are doing a good job. Children need to brush their teeth twice a day for 2 minutes. Try brushing your child's teeth standing behind them as you’ll be able to see more clearly.
Floss once a day. Food can get caught between your little one’s teeth and flossing will help to remove this, preventing gum disease and bad breath. Introduce flossing when two teeth start to touch. At first, gently floss their front teeth and then gradually include their back teeth over time.
Replace toothbrushes as soon as bristles start to fray or splay, or at least every 2 - 3 months.
Choose a children's toothpaste that they like the taste of and try to avoid stronger flavours. Only use a PEA SIZED amount of children's toothpaste, so that they are getting the correct amount of fluoride. Try to use a toothpaste with fluoride and xylitol, as it will help to reduce sugar acids that rot little teeth.
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