As parents we all worry about our Children’s Teeth. In particular tooth decay can be a real issue for both children and teenagers alike. Luckily it, along with many other common dental ailments, are very much preventable.
So here are some things that you can do as parents to ensure your children maintain an optimum level of oral health.
1. Establish A Daily Oral Health Care Routine
Establishing a daily oral health care routine for your child and ensuring they stick to it is very important. This should include brushing for 2 minutes each time, twice a day, as well as flossing too.
When doing this it is important to be a good role model. After all you can’t expect your child to stick to a routine if you don’t keep to one yourself.
A good tip is to carry this routine out at easily identifiable times. For instance after breakfast and dinner.
It is also a good idea to incentivise the kids to brush and floss by offering rewards. This should be something fun like stickers.
Whilst you will oversee a better clean if you brush or floss their teeth for them, try to encourage your children to do it themselves first.
2. Encourage Healthy Eating
Tooth decay is pretty much always a result of unhealthy eating and drinking habits over a long period of time. It can be caused by any food that is high in sugars and carbohydrates, as well also as frequent snacking.
Try to limit your child’s consumption of lollies, cakes, junk foods, dried fruits and sugary drinks like sodas, cordial, fruit juice and sports drink.
Instead provide them with a balanced diet. This should be made up of the four main food groups. Namely fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products and Meat, fish and eggs.
Drinking plenty of water should be encouraged too.
“If your child is eligible to receive the Child Dental Benefits Scheme entitlement you should definitely ensure they use it”
3. Visit Your Oral Health Therapist Regularly
A Dental Oral Health Therapist is a trained professional who provides top quality oral health care to children and teenagers.
Their remit covers a number of procedures across all aspects of examination, treatment and prevention. This includes cleaning and scaling teeth, as well as applying fluoride, managing gum issues and performing simple extractions.
If your child visits an Oral Health Therapist every 6 months this will go a long way to reducing their chances of suffering from issues with their teeth, like gum disease, in their adult years. Especially considering the extensive nature of the clean they get.
It could also save them (or you) thousands of dollars in dental procedure costs down the line.
4. Use Your Child Dental Benefits Scheme Entitlement
In January 2014 the Child Dental Benefits Scheme was set up to provide up to $1000 of basic dental treatment and services to eligible children in Australia, across a 2 year period.
Eligible children are defined as those between 2 and 17 years old, whose parents receive an Australian government payment such as Family Tax Benefit A.
This $1000 entitlement can be used against procedures like X-rays and cleaning, as well as treatment like fillings and root canals. They also incur no out of pocket expenses for the $1000.
If your child is eligible to receive the Child Dental Benefits Scheme entitlement you should definitely ensure they use it.
Worried About Your Childrens Teeth?
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