7 Tips to Establish Health Oral Habits in Children

Is one of your new years resolutions better health? What about your oral health as part of your overall well-being? Or your children’s oral health? It is imperative to establish healthy habits in your children, of any kind, from early on to be able to maintain them for life. By introducing children to the correct way of tooth brushing, flossing and taking care of their teeth and mouths, they will generally grow up seeing oral health care as an easy and fun way to establish a confident smile.

1. Your baby’s teeth 
Before your baby’s first tooth comes through at about 6 months after birth, you should clean their gums with a moist gauze or cloth. After the first tooth comes through, you should use a very soft bristled, child appropriate tooth brush, to brush their teeth. At this stage, toothpaste is not required as the baby will swallow instead of spitting it out.

2. Tell, show & demonstrate
Have your young child make open mouth faces on the mirror to start developing awareness of how clean, or not, their teeth are. Show them where food is stuck before they brush, and how clean their teeth are after brushing their teeth, gums and the tongue. Demonstrate to them, on the mirror, the correct way of brushing their teeth.

3. Gradually handover
From their third birthday, your child starts to develop the manual dexterity to brush and spit out. At this stage, most will have a full set of their deciduous teeth. You can now start to gradually hand over the responsibility of keeping their own mouth clean. Pea sized amounts of children’s toothpaste can be placed on the toothbrush and encourage the children to spit out. Encourage the child to have their teeth cleaned twice a day.

4. Model good dental habits
Children learn by copying what they have observed. Invite your child to watch you brushing your teeth and tongue, and flossing. When you are done, flash a big smile on the mirror and say your mouth feels fresh and clean.

5. The value of good nutrition
What a child eats and drinks also significantly impacts their oral health. Instead of constantly portraying sugary foods and drinks as ‘bad’, encourage ‘good’ healthy foods and water. It helps to mainly have healthy snacks available for them during the  day, and in their school lunch boxes. 

6. Dental visits
Always talk about the dental visit in positive  terms, your own personal unpleasant experiences, if any, should not be mentioned as it models their behaviour. Talk about the friendly staff, the cool chair they get to sit on. Ensure that the child views dental cleans as part of a normal dental visit. Some procedures are not enjoyable, and these should be viewed as an exception, not the rule to associate dental visits.

7. Share the excitement of all their visits.
Announce the good news about your child’s dental visit to your friends and family. Be it a great check up or excellent behavior during treatment. It may even be worth it to take a picture of them being fantastic at the dentist. It’s all worth sharing to build the child’s confidence. Prime those friends and family members to ensure that they only have positive, raving feedback. 

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Campbell Dental PracticeMay 25, 2020 @ 2:45am
Hi All. Following on the videos I have shared in the last few weeks, I am planning some more educational dental videos. This is just trying to answer questions I often get asked.

This segment from Catalyst addresses some of those questions as well. Do watch until the end as the panel de-bunks some dental myths (commercial myth).

Dr Unah

PS: Please feel free to share this with as many people as you like.
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Campbell Dental PracticeMay 10, 2020 @ 12:53am
💕Wishing all Mum's, Mum's to be, Step Mums, and those other people who nurture us but aren't actually our Mum, a Happy Mother's Day.💝
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Campbell Dental PracticeMay 10, 2020 @ 12:38am
💕Wishing all Mum's, Mum's to be, Step Mums, and those other people who nurture us but aren't actually our Mum, a Happy Mother's Day.💝
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Campbell Dental PracticeMay 5, 2020 @ 5:02am
TOOTH TALK TUESDAY: HOW TO RELIEVE STRESS RELATED JAW PAIN

Are you feeling more stressed or anxious during this time? You're not alone, many are including ourselves.

A lot of this worry creates tension in our bodies and moves its way to our head, neck and shoulders.

As a result, a lot of us are contracting our jaw muscles and clenching our teeth constantly without even knowing!

This means you may be getting headaches, jaw pain and even toothaches at this time.

If continuous, this may actually lead to irreversible damage to your teeth like permanent loss of enamel or cracks! or worse even complete loss of those teeth.

Dr. Unah shares some simple exercises you can do at home to relieve the tension in your jaw.

What are you doing during these times to stress less?

Please feel free to share this video with anyone you feel may need help with this.
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Campbell Dental PracticeApr 24, 2020 @ 9:47pm
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Campbell Dental PracticeApr 12, 2020 @ 5:10am
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!! Make sure you eat lots of yummy chocolate then BRUSH YOUR TEETH well! LOL

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