Recently we were invited to discuss the importance of brushing and oral hygiene with local children at a Caversham nursery school. Many of these young patients had never met a dentist or had a check up! The aim of the day was to provide useful information and techniques while having fun looking after their teeth!
A summary of the day's events can be gleaned from our inventory:
- Toothbrushes! The toddlers showed us how they brush their teeth.
- Dental Story Books - Explaining why dental visits are important and the role of the dentist.
- Goodie Bags - Obviously such intense focus deserves a reward!
When Should Children Begin Visiting The Dentist?
Dental checkups become necessary when the baby teeth have come through. Being familiar with the sights, smells and sounds of a dental practice from an early age help people feel comfortable later in life.
A good time for their checkup is at the same time as yours. When they see you having a check up it lets children know there's nothing to worry about.
Also, it's very important to form good habits early. We recommend that you brush your child's teeth from the moment they start to come through with a smear of fluoride toothpaste.
Snacks To Avoid
Juice and fizzy should be avoided in favour of milk and water.
Feel free to feed children nuts, seeds, cheeses, raw veg (such as carrots, cucumbers) and avoid sweets and sticky dried fruit.