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Set Your Kids on the Path to Healthy Dental Habits

It is important that children adopt healthy dental habits that are going to give them a strong healthy smile over a lifetime. Habits learned early in childhood will last through to adulthood.

Sometimes, starting off good habits such as brushing and flossing may seem difficult. Help your children learn these habits early so they learn the importance of taking care of their teeth. Here are a few tips that will help parents promote healthy dental habits in their children.

Start Early

Children will more readily accept healthy dental habits the earlier you can get them to start. You should teach your children to brush their teeth as soon as they get their teeth. Before that, you should wipe the child’s mouth with a clean piece of cloth.

Flossing can also begin as soon as there are two teeth that are touching. Teach your little one to become accustomed to oral healthcare even before they can do it by themselves.

Allow them to teach a sibling

Children love teaching their siblings or other children how to do things. Have the older children teach the younger ones how to brush teeth after they have learnt how to do it properly. That way, you will have both children brushing their teeth and showing you their clean healthy smiles before bedtime or stepping out for school.

Brushing time should be fun

You can use a two-minute song to encourage your kids to brush their teeth and ensure that brushing lasts the entire two minutes. Brushing will not feel like eternity when they are listening to the song.

Alternatively, use a reward system to encourage kids to brush their teeth. Collecting stickers for every time they properly brush their teeth will eventually earn them a gift.

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Dr Ashley Davenport BDS MFGDP(UK)

I qualified as a dentist in 1995 and can honestly say that I have been doing a job that I love for the past 20 plus years. Most people who know me well know that dentistry is a passion for me and that if I won the lottery I would still want to have some dentistry in my life. I get huge satisfaction from treating patients and making a difference to ...

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Dr Catherine Myatt BDS MFGDP(UK)

Cath joined the practice as a dentist in 2002.  She and Ashley met on their postgraduate Vocational Training course in Birmingham when they ended up working at the same practice in West Bromwich.  When Ashley was looking for an associate at Balsall Common Dental Practice, Cath came to take the role and she has been here ever since.  In 2017 Cath...

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