TOOTH BE TOLD

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - The Buzz -

Did you know more than 50 per cent of all six-year-old Aus­tralian chil­dren have ex­pe­ri­enced tooth de­cay in their baby teeth? And it’s likely this oc­curs by pick­ing up bad habits from their par­ents. Den­tist Dr David Dunn shares his top tips on es­tab­lish­ing good tod­dler den­tal hy­giene.

DIET:

Avoid soft drinks, high car­bo­hy­drate sug­ary foods and acidic foods and drinks.

BRUSH­ING HABITS:

Tod­dlers should brush twice a day with a chil­dren’s flu­o­ri­dated tooth­paste. The use of a chil­dren’s elec­tric tooth­brush, such as the Philips Soni­care for Kids is rec­om­mended af­ter the age of four.

REG­U­LAR DEN­TIST VIS­ITS:

This shows tod­dlers that it’s not scary. Bring your child to the den­tist when you would nor­mally go. This gets kids into a good rou­tine and min­imises the risk of fu­ture ap­pre­hen­sion.

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