DENTAL CARE: It's important to set a good example and teach young children how to care for their teeth.
DENTAL CARE: It's important to set a good example and teach young children how to care for their teeth.

Top tips on taking care of baby teeth

DENTAL care is a vital part of our hygienic routines, especially for our little ones.

As a parent or family member, it's really important to be a good role model, encouraging young children to brush their teeth at least twice a day.

But if they're going to lose their baby teeth anyway, why does this matter?

Not only will the children learn important habits for once their adult teeth come through, it will also keep their adult teeth healthy before they emerge later on.

According to Health Direct, this is because decayed baby teeth can damage the permanent teeth underneath, and if a child loses teeth because of decay, crowding issues often occur.

So, what are some important things to do to make sure these teeth stay in perfect condition?

Before the child is 18 months, it's advised you wipe their teeth cloth or brush softly with water.

After this point, make sure you're using toothpaste with fluoride, to help even the baby teeth grow strong from a young age.

Health Direct also says it's important for carers to help kids brush their teeth until they're at least seven, and to supervise flossing until they're 10.

It's also very important to only allow sugary food and drink in moderation, for both body health and teeth decay prevention.

There are also some important signs to look out for which will mean your little one might need a trip to the dentist.

If they have bleeding or irritated gums, abscesses, loose adult teeth or a bad taste in the mouth, you should consider booking a dental appointment right away.

However, prevention is very important when it comes to dental care, so even without these symptoms, it is a good idea to schedule regular check ups at the dentist to ensure either adults or children maintain their dental health.