• Leonie Arnebark

How to keep your children’s teeth in tip-top condition

The team at Teeth N Smiles are passionate about improving the oral health of the local community and helping to establish daily routines for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

More than 26,000 Australians under the age of 15 are admitted to hospital to treat tooth decay every year. This makes it the highest cause of acute, preventable hospital stays. With increased tooth decay rates in Australia, it is now more than ever essential to get on top of oral health care for our local families.

There are a number of key things to bear in mind when it comes to keeping your children’s teeth in tip-top condition:

Baby teeth do matter

Unfortunately, when it comes to ‘baby teeth’ there is a commonly held belief that they are not important. Yes, they do eventually fall out to make way for adult teeth but that doesn’t mean cleaning them isn’t significant. The early loss of a primary tooth can lead on to other complications, such as crowded permanent teeth, later in life which could involve treatment such as orthodontics to correct.

Brush properly and regularly

Ensure the kiddies brush their teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste, which they shouldn’t swallow. Brush for at least two minutes at a time, you can try using an egg timer to make keeping time fun for your child.

Introduce flossing early

Even from as young as four years of age, flossing once a day will remove plaque and food particles that aren’t able to be removed with brushing alone. In families where teeth are highly susceptible to decay (or they have problems with plaque build-up under the gum line) is hereditary, starting great dental habits early will help your child reduce their risks and avoid some of the unpleasant cleaning and dental treatments you have had to go through.

Regular dentist visits

Every child is different, so dentists advise that the first appointment be six months after your child’s first baby teeth have come up. This is usually when they are around three years old. Your child should visit their dentist regularly and understand that seeing them is an important part of growing up.

Good eating and drinking habits

To help develop strong teeth, your children need a healthy, balanced diet made up of fresh foods such as vegetables, cheese and lean meats, minimal high-sugar foods such as biscuits and muesli bars, and fluoridated tap water.

Watch the sugar

Fruit snacks can sometimes be a sneaky source of sugar in your child’s diet. Try to aim for no more than two pieces of fruit per day at the most. Try swapping some fruit snacks and fruit juice for crunchy vegetables like cucumber, carrot or capsicum.

Make it fun and regular

Most importantly, developing good oral hygiene habits early will help to set up your child for life. Make it fun, be consistent and make the most of spending the time with them during teeth cleaning time!

Like most of us, finding the time to get the kids to the dentist can be a challenge.

Teeth N Smiles brings the dentist to your kids’ school, with no stress and no cost!

Interested in finding out more? Contact our team today on 1300 266 003 or email


Australian Dental Association

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