This guest blog was written by Jenny Stead, the founder and owner of ‘The Tiny Tooth Fairy’. Jenny is an oral health educator/ dental nurse by day, and at night works for the Tooth Fairy!
Over the years I have seen so many little ones with fears of coming to the dentist.
I see children on a daily basis with tooth decay, poor oral hygiene, and being referred for hospital treatments.
More than 128,000 children aged 10 and under have needed at least one tooth removed since 2014, often in cases where the decay may have been preventable.
As part of my role in practice it’s my job to make visiting the dentist a positive experience for children and adults too. My aim is to promote oral health care and to make it enjoyable.
A healthy tooth brushing routine is so important and promoting this from an early age so it becomes a routine, rather than a chore, is KEY.
A great way to do this is through play and role-play. This could be a child copying their parent, or even brushing the teeth of their favourite toy.
It’s important that their first dental check-up is booked around the same time too, so that your little one is introduced to the dental environment and gets used to all the smells and sounds of the dental world.
The Tiny Tooth Fairy’s Top Tips
- Brush your teeth in the morning and at night.
- Brush for 2 minutes.
- Brush your teeth in circular motions cleaning around the gums too.
- Spit out your toothpaste but do not rinse with water.
- Eat healthy snacks and keep sugar intake to a low.
- Visit your dentist regularly.
- Supervised brushing up to the age of 7 years old.
Remember, good oral health care from an early age paves the way to a healthy happy smile for years to come.