Healthy teeth are the key to a healthy childhood. And thanks to advances in dentistry and oral care products, today's children are more likely than ever to grow up with strong, healthy teeth. As a parent, you play an important role in your child's dental health. In fact, good oral care begins with you.
There are three easy steps you can take to ensuring your child's dental health.
The first is to encourage good brushing and flossing habits. A strong start is to set a good example yourself and create a consistent and fun environment around your oral care routine. Soon, they'll learn to recognise it as part of their daily routine, just like eating breakfast or reading a bedtime story.
Secondly, and just as importantly, is ensuring your child's diet is free from sugary drinks and foods. We know that sugar encourages tooth decay and has a negative impact on our general health. Encourage your child to enjoy water or milk over sugary sodas and juices, and limit sweets and lollies to occasional treats.
And last but not least, remember to bring your child in for regular check-ups here at Dentalcare West. If your child is 13–18 years old, their visit is free. If your child is 0 to 12 years old, then the school dental service can care for their teeth for free.
For more information on caring for your child's teeth, visit our young patients FAQ page.