10 Apr Oral Health for Children 5+ Years
Tips for All Ages
The #1 best way to prevent tooth decay in your children is to get them excited about taking care of their dental health! While brushing their teeth is probably not your child’s favorite activity, you can make it exciting by using fun toothpastes and toothbrushes your child will like and actually use. Look for fun colors and flavours your children will like when choosing.
We LOVE Sugar, but our teeth don’t!
Sugar accelerates the growth of plaque and ultimately speeds up tooth decay. You can reduce teeth decay by:
> Serve milk or cheese alongside sweet treats as milk acts as a buffer to the acids produced by bacteria.
> Leaving sugar treats as deserts only after mealtime. The increased amount of saliva from lunch or dinner will help protect your children’s teeth.
> Check for candy stuck between your children’s teeth.
> Monitor candy consumption during the holidays!
> Encourage your children to drink more water to help prevent tooth decay
At this age, your children may be pretty confident that they can brush their teeth on their own. However, most children do not have the proficiency to thoroughly clean their teeth until they are about 7 years old. Until then, continue helping your child brush their teeth regularly.
Children 5 years and older are also growing in their permanent teeth, so its important to use a proper toothpaste and toothbrush to prevent decay and ensure great oral health.
You can make the process fun and creative by using an electric and musical toothbrush:
You can also make sure that your children are consistent with brushing their teeth by setting up a tooth brushing calendar with rewards.