Most children choose to do the fun activity over the boring one. We need to make dentistry fun and exciting for kids to ensure they do not rush or avoid it all together.
1) Make Brushing Fun! – There are lots of children’s toothbrushes that look exciting! Music tunes, flashing lights all help at a young age.
2) “Why?” Explain it. It’s important for kids to know “Why” they are doing things. Be sure to explain the importance of brushing in simple terms kids can understand.
3) Monitor Sugar intake. It’s no secret that kids love sweet things. It is the frequency of sugary snacks and drinks that puts your child at high risk of dental decay. Try to keep sugary items to meal times only.
Baby cups containing fruit juices or squash being left with children for extended periods, leads to a very high rate of dental decay. We recommend only plain water within a baby drinking cup.
4) Give kids incentives. Set a goal with your child to get a “perfect score” the next time he or she has a dental checkup. This, of course, means your dentist finds no cavities! Establish a reward that they have been wanting.
Ask your dentist for more tips on keeping your children’s mouths healthy.
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You are now welcome to book your NHS dental assessment for patients aged under the age of 18 only, or organise a New Patient Assessment for adults which costs £65 including any X-rays that are required. Contact us on 0114 2377642 for further information.