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Oral Care for Kids in Noosa

little child learning to brushMaintaining good oral health for children starts with a combination of at-home oral care practices and regular dental check-ups. Here are some tips for parents to help their children maintain healthy teeth and gums:

Starting Early

  • Initiate Early: As soon as the first tooth appears, gently clean it with a soft, damp cloth or a toothbrush designed for infants.
  • Create a Routine: Foster a regular oral care routine with at least two daily brushing sessions, typically after breakfast and before bedtime.

Brushing Basics

  • Use Fluoridated Toothpaste: When your child reaches an age where they can spit (around two), introduce a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste (comparable to a grain of rice) to their toothbrush.
  • Assist with Brushing: Until they develop the hand skills needed to brush effectively, usually by ages 6 or 7, your child will need your help brushing their teeth.
  • Choose the Correct Toothbrush: Make sure your child uses a soft-bristled, child-sized toothbrush suitable for their age and mouth size.
  • Introduce Flossing: Flossing can begin once your child has two teeth that touch. This practice helps eliminate food particles and plaque lodged between teeth.

Hydration and Nutrition

  • Promote a Healthy Diet: Encourage a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and lean proteins while limiting the intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks.
  • Encourage Hydration: Regular water intake throughout the day can rinse away food debris and sustain saliva production, which plays a crucial role in oral health.
  • Limit Sugary Snacks: Provide wholesome snacks like fruits and vegetables instead of sweets and candies.
  • Discourage Extended Bottle Use: Prevent your child from falling asleep with a bottle filled with sweet liquids such as milk or juice, as this can cause early childhood tooth decay.

Regular Dental Visits

girl having teeth cleaned

Schedule Regular Dental Visits

Book your child’s first dental appointment around their first birthday and continue with routine visits every 6 to 12 months.

Consider Fluoride Treatments

Consult your dentist about the suitability of fluoride treatments or dental sealants for your child. These preventative actions can fortify their teeth.

Education and Reinforcement

  • Educate and Oversee: Instill the significance of oral hygiene in your child, explaining why brushing and flossing are necessary. Supervise their oral care routines until they can handle them independently.
  • Lead by Example: Show your commitment to oral health by maintaining your oral hygiene routine and eating healthy.
  • Reinforce Positively: Applaud and encourage your child’s efforts towards good oral health. Make oral care an enjoyable and positive experience.

Additional Tips

Use Mouthguards: If your child participates in sports, a custom-fitted mouthguard can safeguard their teeth during physical activities.

Be Ready for Emergencies: Familiarise yourself with what to do in dental emergencies. Contact your dentist without delay if your child injures their teeth or mouth.

Help Keep Your Child’s Smile Healthy

Contact The Dental Junction today to schedule an appointment for your child!

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Oral Care for Kids Noosa Heads, Noosa Junction, Noosaville QLD | (07) 5473 5117