As parents we all worry about our children’s teeth. Tooth decay can be a real issue for both children and teenagers alike. Luckily decay along with many other common dental ailments can be prevented.
The following are some things that you can do as parents to ensure your children maintain an optimum level of oral health:
1. Establish A Daily Oral Health Care Routine
Establishing a daily oral health care routine for your child and ensuring they stick to it is very important. This should include brushing for 2 minutes twice a day as well as flossing.
When doing this it is important to be a good role model. After all you can’t expect your child to stick to a routine if you don’t keep to one yourself.
A good tip is to carry this routine out at easily identifiable times, for instance after breakfast and dinner.
Reward your children for brushing and flossing using something fun like stickers.
Once you have brushed and flossed your children’s teeth encourage them to have a go and brush as well.
2. Encourage Healthy Eating
Tooth decay is often a result of unhealthy eating and drinking habits over a long period of time. It can be caused by any food that is high in sugars and carbohydrates as well also as frequent snacking.
Try to limit your child’s consumption of lollies, cakes, junk foods, dried fruits and sugary drinks like sodas, cordial, fruit juice and sports drink.
A balanced diet made up of the four main food groups is recommended including fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products and meat, fish and eggs.
Drinking plenty of water should be encouraged too.
3. Visit Your Dentist or Oral Health Therapist Regularly
An oral health therapist is a dental professional who provides a wide range of care to children and adolescents. Lisa is our oral health therapist at Sunshine Coast Smile Centre.
Lisa performs procedures including dental examinations, fillings as well as preventive treatments including teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments and fissure sealants.
Visiting an oral health therapist every 6 months will get your child familiar with the dental practice setting and will enable any problems to be addressed early.
4. Use Your Child Dental Benefits Schedule Entitlement
In January 2014 the Child Dental Benefits Schedule was set up to provide up to $1000 of basic dental treatment and services to eligible children in Australia, across a 2 year period.
Eligible children are defined as those between 2 and 17 years old and whose parents receive an Australian government payment such as Family Tax Benefit A.
This entitlement can be used for dental examinations and x-rays, teeth cleaning, as well as fillings and root canal treatments. At Sunshine Coast Smile Centre we bulk bill eligible children so there are no out of pocket expenses for treatment up to $1000.
If you are unsure if your child is eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule phone Jess on 54432800 to check.
Worried About Your Children’s Teeth?
If you would like to discuss any concerns you have with your children’s teeth please call Jess on 07 5443 2800.
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