A good first impression
Those who grow up with the dentist, have a larger chance of a healthy mouth later in life. But the dentist cannot achieve this on his/her own. Attention for a healthy mouth at home is just as important.
We drink every day. This is healthy, because we need fluids for all of our bodily functions. Some drinks have no impact on teeth, while others can damage tooth enamel The enamel has a limited protection from sugars and acids, which are abundantly present in many sweetened drinks and fruit juices. It is therefore wise to limit the drinking of juice and sugary beverages, including milk, to only a few moments in the day or week. A nice experiment for your child(ren) is to have them place an old, dirty nickel in a layer of cola, to discover that it will shine brilliantly after a week. The nickel is clean, but for teeth, cola is too aggressive; after all, teeth are not made out of metal. The best advice we can give is to limit sweet drinks to a few moments per week and milk to once a day. Tooth safe drinks are water and tea without sugar & milk. Water can also be drunk at night after brushing without risk of cavities.
Me, me, me?
‘I want to do it!’, is well-known by all parents. But is it smart, when it comes to teeth brushing? Arrange with your child that you do it together. For instance, the first minute the child brushes, the second minute you do it. Until approximately 10 years the child’s own brushing is not structured enough. You can re-do it in the right way.
Nothing to fear
A good first impression of the dentist is important. The visits do not need to be scary for the child. Especially when it observes you going regularly yourself, it will regard it as normal to visit the dentist every half year. You could start at the age of two.
Let your child get used to dentists and a healthy mouth in a fun way with these colouring pages: dental colouring pages.