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Teaching Kids About Dental Health

Looking after your teeth and gums is a lifelong commitment that will help you to keep smiling well into old age, and it's never too soon to start! Teaching your children about dental health while they are very young is the best way to build positive habits and ensure a good understanding of oral hygiene.

Working together with the experts to look after your child's teeth means finding a great dentist and ensuring that you visit him or her regularly. Here at Guiney Dental Clinic, we enjoy welcoming children into our practice, and we have an experienced and friendly team to put them at their ease and help them to feel positive about their dental health.

How You Can Teach Your Children To Take Care Of Their Teeth:

  1. Role model positive behaviour. The best way to encourage your child to look after their teeth is to ensure they see you taking care of yours! Brushing your teeth together, and letting them watch you flossing and eating a healthy diet that is good for your teeth will help them to see these as positive routine behaviours.
  2. Encourage correct brushing. You should always ensure that your child brushes their teeth twice a day, in the morning and before going to bed. When your child is young, you should brush their teeth for them, and encourage them to take control of their brushing as they grow up. Some toothbrushes have a sensor or timer to ensure that children brush for a full two minutes, and this can be very helpful.
  3. Eat a good diet. Don't forget that your diet is very important to the development of healthy teeth and gums, and share this information with your child from an early age. Ensure that your child eats plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as foods containing calcium, which is helpful for bone development and essential to healthy teeth.
  4. Make it fun. Build fun into your dental health routine and encourage your child to see caring for their teeth as something that can be enjoyable. There are many free resources online, including games and educational ideas, and these may be worth trying if your child expresses reluctance or frustration about brushing his or her teeth.
  5. Visit the dentist. Your child can visit the dentist with you from birth, and should start having their teeth checked in toddlerhood. Encourage a positive relationship with your dentist by overcoming any fears you may have around dental examinations, and showing that this is a routine and beneficial part of your life.

Are You Looking for a Cork Dentist?

If you want to encourage your children to have a healthy relationship with their teeth, choose a dentist who is experienced and enjoys working with children. At Guiney Dental Practice, we welcome the whole family, and ensure that children have a good experience of dental care. To make an appointment, call the Guiney Dental Clinic today on 021-481 0535.


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