Over the last couple of months Toothkind has been giving you tooth tips each week in order to better look after your teeth.
Here is a recap and explanation on some of them.
Start bring your child to the dentist from 12 months
The theory behind this is exposure and comfort for your child, as well as making sure that everything has started to develop correctly.
Toothkind Jimboomba encourage you to bring your children with you for your routine checkups so that they get familiar with the dental environment and see it as routine and normal. Staff find this fosters a great relationship with children and gets them started on the right foot in their dental path.
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Fissure sealants on your teeth can help prevent decay
Your dentist may mention to you that your child, or even yourself should have fissure sealants particularly on the back teeth.
These preventative sealants help to fill in the grooves on your back teeth that are hard to clean and that decay causing bacteria can hide in. They go a long way to prevent fissure cavities which are quite common in children’s teeth.
Choose water over sugary/sports drinks
Just like the rest of body water is really the best thing that you can do for your oral health. It keeps us hydrated which ensures our soft tissues are kept moist, ensures we have enough saliva to help flush food from our teeth and start the digestion process.
Chew sugar free gum after eating
Chewing gum encourages our saliva to flow which helps to dislodge extra food particles and 'rinse' the teeth and helps reduce the bacteria and plaque.
Use floss everyday preferably before bed
We all know we should floss. It is a great habit to get into as it helps to prevent gum disease and removes decay causing bacteria and food from the tight contacts of your teeth.
The reason dentists say before bed is because your saliva naturally decreases when you sleep giving the bacteria a chance to multiple and do damage to your teeth. It is best to brush some toothpaste around before you floss and then finish brushing after you floss.
Stay tuned for more tooth tips from your Toothkind team. From their family to yours, the staff wish you all a safe and happy Christmas season.