Instilling good oral hygiene habits in children

Childrens dentist

Showing children the right way to look after their own teeth and gums for a happier, healthier smile.

As parents and caregivers, you are your child’s role model. In order to pass on good, healthy habits, you need to be well informed yourself. Visiting your dentist and hygienist regularly will mean that you will know which products work best for you as well as the correct brushing technique.

Let your child watch you

As curious as children may be, it’s a good idea to let them watch you brush your teeth thoroughly, floss and use mouthwash. If they see you take the time twice a day and you talk them through the process (to a certain extent where tooth brushing is involved!) then this will give them a better idea of where to start when they brush their own teeth.

Use apps or an egg timer

Something that not only children struggle with, but adults too is brushing for long enough. There are lots of apps you can download to make tooth brushing more fun (crucially ensuring it lasts for two whole minutes), but even an egg timer will do. If your child has a favourite song, why not play it when it’s time to brush their teeth? They’re not allowed to stop till the song is finished! Every successful brushing session should be rewarded to keep them motivated. We think sticker charts are a great incentive and the perfect way for your child to monitor his own progress.

Get them used to visiting the dentist

Being afraid of the dentist is much more common than we think. Booking appointments for our children from a very early age will allow them to familiarise themselves with the practice, the dental team and overall environment and it will also allow his dentist to spot any potential problems early so that the repercussions are greatly minimised.