04 Apr

Central London dentists help patients to look after their children’s teeth properly

Like many aspects of bringing up children, ensuring that they have good oral health can be a challenge. Children are often prone to be rather stubborn and resistant to changes, let alone orders from their parents. But it is well worth helping your child along the right path to good oral health. Just remember that any problems they develop in their younger years will probably be with them to some extent for the rest of their lives.
Child psychologists think that children respond well to being given responsibility. In this sense then, when they are old enough, let them brush their own teeth. Of course you will need to monitor them but perhaps draw up a wall chart with them that they can fill in when they have brushed their teeth properly. At the end of the chart you might want to reward your child, thus giving them an incentive. Before you know it brushing will be second nature to them.
Children ought to be brushing in much the same way as adults, for about three minutes first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Once over the age of about eighteen months they are quite suitable to use a pea sized amount of fluoride enhanced tooth paste on their brush head.
Get into the habit of taking your child to see the local Central London dentist too. This normalises the routine of going to the dental surgery so they don’t see it as something abnormal or to be feared. The dentist will be able to monitor the health of your child’s mouth to make sure that it is on the right track and they can look forward to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.