Fillings are amongst one of the most common dental procedures carried out. If you have reached adulthood or beyond without needing a filling, then you have done very well. As it is perceived that children become unhealthier and standards of diets are slipping, more children and getting tooth decay at a younger age and we are seeing a greater need in the amount of young people needing fillings.
As soon as your child starts getting teeth it’s important to take care of them so that your child develops good oral hygiene habits from the start and that no nasty dental issues occur throughout their childhood.
Your child’s teeth are important to their health as well as aiding them with eating and talking, but explaining this to a child can be difficult. Children want to run and play, so may be reluctant to take time out of their day to brush their teeth. The best way to help your children take care of their teeth is to make it enjoyable for them and feel like less of a chore. Here are some ways you can encourage your children to take care of their teeth:
Create a dental hygiene calendar where your child gets a sticker every morning and evening for brushing their teeth
Let your child choose the colour and design/character on their own toothbrush
Let your child choose their favourite flavour of toothpaste
Read child friendly material about dental hygiene to make it fun
Reward children with a sticker, healthy treat or an hour of their favourite TV show
Arrange to do something your child enjoys after a trip to the dentist