Looking after your children’s teeth

Establishing good habits early on is the best way to ensure lifelong oral hygiene for your children.

Teaching your child proper oral care at a young age is an investment in his or her health that will pay lifelong dividends. You can start by setting an example; taking good care of your own teeth sends a message that oral health is something to be valued. Anything that makes taking care of teeth fun, like brushing along with your child or letting them choose their own toothbrush, also encourages proper oral care.

You may want to supervise your children until they get the hang of these simple steps:

  • Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Take care that your child does not swallow the toothpaste.
  • Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, brush the inside surface of each tooth first, where plaque may accumulate most. Use a gentle circular motion at the gumline.
  • Clean the outer surfaces of each tooth. Angle the brush along the outer gumline. Use a gentle circular motion.
  • Brush the chewing surface of each tooth. Gently brush back and forth.
  • Use the tip of the brush to clean behind each front tooth, both top and bottom.
  • It is always fun to brush the tongue!

A balanced diet is necessary for your child to develop strong, decay-resistant teeth. In addition to a full range of vitamins and minerals, a child’s diet should include plenty of calcium, phosphorous, and proper levels of fluoride.

If fluoride is your child’s greatest protection against tooth decay, then frequent snacking is the biggest enemy. The sugars and starches found in many foods like biscuits, sweets, soft drinks and even some savoury snacks are food for bacteria in dental plaque and are converted to acids. These acids attack the tooth enamel and can lead to cavities.

Each “plaque attack” can last up to 20 minutes after a meal or snack has been finished. Even a little nibble can create plaque acids, so it is best to limit snacking between meals.

Financial Assistance for Child Dental Services

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule covers part of the full cost of some dental services for eligible children. You can check if your child is eligible on the Child Dental Benefits Schedule website.

Principal dentist Dr Natalie Bowen graduated in 2002 from the University of Queensland with honours. Natalie spent her early career supporting the rural community in Charters Towers and surrounding regions for 4 years. She returned to Brisbane, working several years in private practice before establishing Murrumba Downs Family Dental in 2010.

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