Hey there, parents! It's time to talk about oral hygiene for the little ones. Trust us, it's a big deal and you play a big role in making sure your kiddo has a healthy smile for life.
Going to the dentist
It's super important to make the dentist a norm in your regular checkup list. The dentist can keep an eye on your child's oral health and address any problems early on. They can give you some helpful tips on keeping those pearly whites in tip-top shape. Plus, dental care in New Zealand is free for youngens and they stop by schools for kids aged up to 18 so there really is no reason to not go!
Now, let's talk about the daily habits that you can help your child establish for a healthy smile. Brushing twice a day with toothpaste is a must. If your child is under two years old, just use a rice-sized amount of toothpaste. For kids over two, a pea-sized amount will do the trick. Make brushing fun by singing songs or playing games to get your child excited about it. Check out our toothpaste for kids with the choice fluoride and non-fluoride.
Flossing is another important aspect of oral hygiene. It's crucial for removing food particles and plaque from between the teeth and along the gumline. If your child is over three years old, they can start flossing. Show them the correct technique and even help them out at first.
Eating and drinking
Another big part of oral hygiene is watching what your child eats and drinks. Limiting sugary and acidic foods and drinks can help prevent tooth decay. Encourage your child to drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies.
Lastly, it's important to help your child understand why oral hygiene is so important. Let them choose their own toothbrush and encourage them to help with the brushing and flossing. The more involved they are, the more they'll understand how important it is for their overall health.
With your help, your child can have a healthy smile for life!