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Apr 22

Does your child kick up a stink when it’s time to brush their teeth?

UnknownHave you thought about the reasons why they don’t like it?

Sometimes they just need some encouragement and incentive like the teeth chart below.

In some cases it can actually be down to the toothpaste they are using. Perhaps get them to choose the toothpaste with you.

Here are some teeth ‘facts’ – sometimes telling your children about their teeth may encourage them to look after them better….

Milk teeth

Although your child will lose their milk teeth as they get older, it is still important that they look after them during their early years. Milk teeth play a huge role in the development of the jaw as well as the spacing and alignment of adult teeth.

What’s the difference?

Contrary to popular belief, not all toothpastes are the same and there will be some that your child prefers over others. Most will contain fluoride, abrasives and flavouring, but they will have different consistencies and tastes.

Here are some important things that you should keep in mind when finding the best toothpaste for your child:

Fluoride

Most toothpastes found on the shelves contain a substance called fluoride, which is designed to help prevent cavities. However, too much fluoride can be harmful to young children and can cause fluorosis.

A recent report suggests that parents should be using toothpastes with stronger concentrations of fluoride as their children’s teeth may not be adequately protected. If you are using a toothpaste with fluoride, make sure that your kids are only using a pea-sized amount and are spitting out correctly.

In general, it’s safe to say that the benefits of using fluoride toothpaste outweigh the risks of developing fluorosis.

Abrasives

All toothpastes contain abrasives, as these are used to rid the teeth of stains and plaque. As with fluoride, it’s important to get the right balance of abrasive as too much can be quite harsh for younger children.

Flavouring

Children are more likely to enjoy cleaning their teeth with a fruity flavoured toothpaste than the strong peppermint or spearmint flavours we are used to. Allow your child to try a few types until they find one they like.

If you’re concerned about choosing the best toothpaste for your child, or just want further dental advice, speak to your dentist at your next check-up.

 

Encourage children to look after their teeth Childalert’s top ten tips

Introduce a Teeth Chart with an incentive click here

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