Dental Hygiene For Kids: Ways to Protect Your Child’s Teeth

Did you know that a healthy set of teeth can have a positive impact on your child’s general health and overall well-being? That’s right!

Educating kids on the importance of dental hygiene should begin as early as possible because how they treat their baby teeth can affect their permanent teeth and oral health throughout their whole lives.

One of the primary reasons why children lose their teeth prematurely is due to poor dental health, which leads to tooth decay and cavities. As seen in our previous blog, tooth decay is one of the reasons for a toothache. Thus, all of this can be easily avoided with preventive dentistry that begins with starting their dental care early.

The below children’s dental care tips can help you protect your child’s smile and give them a head start on their dental health.

How to Take Care of Child’s Teeth?

  1. Teach Dental Hygiene Early

Most kids start developing their teeth as early as when they are 4 to 7 months old. By the time they are 3 years old, all their twenty milk teeth are fully developed. As such, you should start teaching your kids to brush their teeth from age 2.

This will help prevent tooth decay, which is caused by the build-up of plaque. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause cavities which could then quickly escalate to other dental infections. By starting dental hygiene for kids early, you could prevent dental as well as gum problems, which could save them a lot of stress, time and money as adults.

  1. Make Dental Check up a Priority

Prioritising dental check-up is important to enhance your kid’s oral care. The right age for a kid to visit the dentist is usually his/her first birthday. As a Sunshine Coast dentist, we firmly believe in the adage, ‘prevention is better than cure.’ Hence, regular dental visit at least twice a year is critical to avoid future dental problems such as teeth crowding, cavities, periodontal disease, etc.

A visit to the dentist can help you determine whether the oral care process followed by your child is working well or needs improvement. A dentist will also be able to detect dental anomalies that we often miss. Plus, with professional teeth cleaning at regular intervals, you can significantly decrease the risk of tooth decay and infections.

  1. Brushing, Flossing, and Rinsing

One of the essential child dental care tips that all parents must diligently follow is the mantra of brushing twice a day and flossing at least once. More often than not, kids are known to put up a fuss when it comes to brushing their teeth, but you need to stand firm and give them no choice in this matter.

With toddlers, you need to be patient and explain to them the different ways dental health can affect them later on. All kids need help from their parents and older siblings to get the basic right until about age 6. So, be around when they are brushing their teeth and make sure that they rinse and spit out.

  1. Avoid Baby Bottle Decay

When it comes to dental health for kids, this is one thing that parents of infants need to pay special attention to. Never put your infant for a nap with a bottle of milk or formula as this can lead to dental issues. Sugary liquids tend to break down slowly and cling to the teeth for a longer time causing plaque that results in tooth decay. Thus, avoid this at all costs, and if the child does need a bottle to take to bed, then fill it with water.

  1. Cut Back on Sugary Treats

As mentioned above, sugar is the #1 culprit that leads to various dental issues. Chewy candies can stick to the deepest crevices of the teeth and can be hard to get out leading to tooth decay. Whereas, the acids and sugar in sodas can erode the tooth enamel. Chips and bread have starch in them that breaks down into sugar and leads to the build-up of plaque. Likewise, while fresh juice is healthy, store brought juice can have added sugar in them, which is toxic for the teeth.

  1. Ditch The Pacifier and Sippy Cup

Pacifier can affect how your child’s teeth line up and may also change the shape of their mouth in the long term. Thus, it is best to ditch the pacifier by age two or three. This can be beneficial for the child in the long run.

Also, while a sippy cup is a great way to move your child from a bottle to a glass, avoid letting them drink from it throughout the day. Using a sippy cup too much can affect the back of their front teeth, especially if they are drinking sugary sweet beverages.

  1. Be a Role Model

When it comes to learning good habits, parents are the role model that children often look up to. Clean your infant’s teeth with plain water and clean cloth, especially after feeding and right before bedtime. As they grow older, you can teach them to brush twice a day or better yet, do it along with them. Here, give them a soft children’s toothbrush and ensure that they spit the toothpaste out. To make it a fun activity, you can also sing or have a checklist and reward your child with little stars for completing each task (brushing, flossing, and rinsing).

  1. Healthy Diet

To improve dental health ensure your kids are eating healthy foods that include whole grains, vegetables, fruits, lean meats, eggs and beans. Dairy products such as milk, yoghurt and cheese provide calcium which is an essential mineral that helps make your teeth strong. Also, ensure that they drink plentiful water, as water contains fluoride – another essential mineral that protects teeth from decay. Being hydrated can also lower the risk of teeth grinding. What’s more, chewing high fibre crunchy foods such as carrots and celery is a natural way to brush away dental plaque.

Further reading: Best and Worst Foods for Teeth

  1. Mouthguard for Sports

Mouthguards can protect your child’s teeth from dental injuries while playing sports. They can help cushion a sudden impact and is a great choice for all school sports as well as outdoor activities such as snowboarding, rock climbing, etc. Remember any dental injury prevented can protect your child from dental problems in the future. So, make sure your child wears a mouthguard if he/she plays sports or if they are a part of an activity wherein their mouth is at the risk of impact.

  1. Sweet Medicine

Kids medicines are often sugary and flavoured and can stick to the teeth leading to cavities. Children having medication for chronic conditions like heart problems and asthma also have a high tooth decay rate. Plus, some medication for asthma can cause an overgrowth of candida – a yeast – leading to fungal infection. Therefore, consult with the dentist to understand how often a child should brush their teeth if they are taking medications for the long term.

Conclusion

To sum up how to take care of a child’s teeth ensure to set up a dental routine of brushing twice a day and flossing once. Don’t miss your kids 6-month dental check-up appointments. Make sure they eat healthily and avoid sugary foods and drinks. Also, kids should be hydrated at all times and use a mouthguard while playing sports. Follow these dental care tips for kids and if you have any query, schedule an appointment today!

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Minyama QLD 4575, Australia

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Adarsh (Principal Dentist)

Adarsh

Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)

Prachi

Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)

Davina

Davina has been a part of our family since 2014. After completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year before joining us full time. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. Davina is very highly regarded by her current patients. Davina currently works 3 days a week.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!

 

Kaela (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Kaela is a new addition to our practice. Coming from eight years of retail experience in Northern NSW, she loves working with people and assisting in any way she can. Kaela is also currently studying to become a trained dental assistant. You will immediately fall in love with her happy, bubbly personality.

Abby (Sr. Dental Assistant)

Abby (Dental Assistant)

Abby is originally from Hervey Bay, but she has been calling the Sunshine Coast home with her husband and two kids for the past four and a half years. Abby completed her cert III in dental assisting in 2015 and is looking to further her studies In the near future. Abby enjoys camping, playing guitar, and travelling
the world with her family.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. He has worked with us since 2020. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare
    time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.

    Briar

    Briar

    Briar stated off as a trainee dental assistant in our practice mid-2020. She is the youngest member of our practice and is rapidly becoming an integral part of team Oris. Briar completed her Certificate 3 in our practice in 2021 and works full time Dental assistant at Oris Dental.