Children hate brushing their teeth, rebelling against it is the perfect way to challenge the authority of their parents. Although they do not fully understand the implications of neglecting their dental health, it is up to their parents to educate them on the dangers of poor oral hygiene.
The first step to keeping a child’s smile happy is proper, regular and thorough cleaning of the teeth. This involves brushing the teeth, the tongue and flossing at least once a day. Children may moan, they may try to avoid their toothbrush at all costs, but parents must persevere and maintain discipline in order to instil the healthy habit during childhood and to ensure it follows them into adulthood.
In the City of Leeds there are many dentists who will tell parents that regular trips to their local dental practice are essential when looking after their children’s teeth. Not only can dentists discover any problems your children may be experiencing with their teeth (cavities, decay, fillings), regular trips also lower the feeling of anxiety that accompanies dental appointments. As a child becomes comfortable with their dentist and (hopefully) learn they have nothing to fear but a quick check-up, the feeling of terror will diminish and they will be happier to go in the future.
Finally, for parents to take care of their children’s teeth, they must adopt a healthy diet and ensure the consumption of sugary snacks is kept to a minimum. Processed sweets and chocolate can cause cavities at any age, but children are known for eating a high proportion that adults. It is therefore essential that parents limit the amount of sweets and sugar-laden foods available to their children, this way reducing the risk of tooth decay and the need for fillings in the future.