Our top tips to get your kids to take care of their teeth.

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Good oral hygiene starts as soon as you have teeth. But it can be tough to convince your 3-year-old that it’s time to turn off the cartoons and brush.

But oral hygiene is crucial for our kids. One in three Aussie kids are not brushing their teeth twice a day – which leaves them at risk of poor oral hygiene and dental related issues as they get older.

Here are a few simple tips to help get your kids brushing and create positive habits that hopefully last a lifetime.

Let your Kids Choose their Own Toothbrush

Kids want a little bit of control, and if you can let them have control over some aspects in life, it’s proven they’re more willing to engage in those activities.

Let your kids pick out their own toothbrush. Make it a fun activity that you do together. There are plenty of colours and fun designs these days.

You can also let them choose the kind of toothpaste they want to use. It stops them from having to use a toothpaste they don’t like the texture or taste of and places them in control of the dental hygiene process.

Brush Your Teeth Together (and make it fun)

Make this part of the day you spend together. Brush your teeth at the same time as your kids to show them that everyone brushes their teeth – it’s not a punishment. It’s a necessity.

Don’t stare boringly into the mirror, though. Add some fun.

Here are a couple suggestions :

  • Have your child copy you – turn it into a fun game
  • Hum a tune or dance to show that it doesn’t have to be so boring.

Playing a game together in the bathroom shows them that not only does everybody brush their teeth, but it doesn’t have to be a boring chore.

Plus, if you can find a way to distract them from the monotony of hygiene, then they’ll forget about the time lost and will be more likely to do it on their own.

Remember, kids should be supervised while brushing their teeth until they’re around eight years old.

Create a Rewards System

Rewards are excellent motivators for reinforcing good behavior. You’re also more likely to get the job done without tears if there’s something fun at the end.

Create a rewards chart. Keep track of the number of days they brush their teeth without complaining or having a meltdown. Let them see you add a sticker to their chart when they’ve done well!  OR let them choose and add the sticker to their own chart for an extra reward.

As they get older,  perhaps let them choose their own reward to work towards.

Little tots often need instant rewards. Offer another bedtime story as a reward for their good behavior.

Set up a Routine

Keep brushing teeth on a morning and evening schedule so kids know when to expect it. Such as straight after brekky, or right before bed.

By having them brush every day at the same time, they’ll know that there’s a dedicated time to brush and they shouldn’t expect to be doing anything else at the time.

It Takes a Team

It really does take a team to keep teeth healthy. Visit us at at Jannali Dental Care at least once a year and we can talk to you about how often your child should visit the dentist.

And remember, the Australian Government covers the dental costs of some children through Medicare. You can check whether your child is eligible on the Child Dental Benefits Schedule website or give us a 📞 call on 9528 9204 so we can help you.

Start those good habits early and your kids will thank you later!  I promise. 👏

What do I do if my child knocks out a baby tooth?

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You were carefully watching your child playing but then in the blink of an eye, there was a fall, a bleeding mouth and a missing baby tooth. And probably alot of tears.

This can be a heart-stopping occasion for a parent, and it happens more then you realise.

Luckily, the management of a knocked out baby tooth is actually pretty simple if you follow these simple steps.  More often then not a missing baby tooth actually looks a lot worse than it actually is.

The first thing to do is don’t panic.

If you can, try and have a look inside your child’s mouth to gauge an idea about what has happened – there can be a lot of bleeding if the lips have been involved in the accident and this can make getting a visual tricky.

If there is a bit of blood, then apply direct pressure to the gum with a clean washcloth or rolled-up piece of sterile gauze. If the child is old enough to understand, have them bite down on it gently.

If it looks as though your child has injured more than just his or her tooth, go to Hospital Emergency, where a doctor can check things out thoroughly.

If it’s simply a missing baby tooth, and you have been able to find it, place it in a small container with milk or saliva (not water).  Be sure to handle the tooth carefully and avoid touching the root.

Do not attempt to clean the tooth and do not re-implant or replace the tooth back into the tooth socket because you can risk infection or damage to the emerging permanent tooth underneath.

It’s sensible to call us at Jannali Dental Care on  (02) 9528 9204 as soon as possible and explain to our receptionist what has happened to your child. We will make sure your child is seen immediately by our team.

If you haven’t been able to locate the baby tooth, it might be pushed under the gum.  But an examination, and a likely dental X-ray, will determine if there is any debris or broken tooth fragments remaining in your child’s mouth.

Your child may very likely be a little sore and shaken but with our caring team and a calm environment your child will be in very good hands. Remember, we are experts in children’s dentistry.

We can also advise you on your child’s after-care, for example, looking after any soft tissue wounds,  any soft dietary requirements, or pain management and relief.  We will also advise if your child will need to be reviewed.

Remember, management of a lost baby tooth from an accident in comparison to a lost adult tooth is very different. While it is highly unlikely that your child’s future adult teeth will be affected, calling, speaking and seeing us at Jannali Dental Care is important.  It’s precautionary if nothing else.

And of course, if you have concerns about your teeth, or your child’s teeth, for ANY reason, please come and see us at Jannali Dental Care.

Give us a call on  (02) 9528 9204 to make an appointment. We promise to look after you.