As parents, we want nothing more than to see our children happy and healthy.
Keeping them healthy both physically and mentally is our top priority, and this same mindset goes for their dental health too.
We know how tough it can be to get your child excited about oral care. It may feel like getting them to brush their teeth is an uphill battle, and limiting their sugar intake is impossible. But don’t worry, we’re here to help.
5 Tips To Keep Those Tiny Pearly Whites Healthy
Start by getting them used to a routine and teaching them about best dental practices. This daily routine will turn into habits.
Here are our top five tips for keeping your children’s teeth in good shape today and for the rest of their lives:
- Brush And Floss Their Teeth Daily. Parents and guardians should brush their children’s teeth for them until they turn eight years old. And start flossing at the age of four. Help them floss up to the age of ten. Make sure to brush their teeth twice a day and floss once daily. Want to make it more fun? Try purchasing toothbrushes and toothpaste featuring their favourite cartoon characters on the packaging.
- Healthy Diet. A healthy and balanced diet paired with good oral hygiene is key to optimum oral health. Opt for fruits, vegetables, milk, cheese, nuts and lean meat. Limit their sugar intake to specific times (eg. after dinner only) and brush their teeth afterwards. Encourage drinking water, it will help rinse away food particles and bacteria between meals.
- Fluoride. This mineral is an essential part of good oral care for your children. Fluoride can be found in toothpaste and tap water in Winnipeg. The City of Winnipeg adds a small amount of fluoride to our water to help protect our teeth from cavities. Look for the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) Seal when searching for kid-friendly dental products - this ensures that the company’s dental health claims are true.
- Dental Sealants. Consider sealants to protect your child’s molars from tooth decay. It’s quick and painless to get these plastic coatings applied by a dentist to the back teeth. Since these teeth are used for chewing, they are more susceptible to decay.
- Visit The Dentist. Schedule regular dentist appointments for your children. According to the CDA, your child must be scheduled for a dental assessment within six months after their first tooth erupts or by the time they turn a year old. Visiting the dentist regularly is important - this ensures that their teeth remain healthy and clean, and treatments are done if necessary. If they crack or chip their tooth/teeth due to an injury, take them to the dentist as soon as possible. Going to the dentist regularly and at a young age helps children get used to the dentist, waylaying any fears they may develop.
Children’s Dental Clinic In Winnipeg
Are you looking for a pediatric dentist in Winnipeg? Kildonan Crossing Dental Centre is a team of dedicated dental experts, and we are here to provide professional dental care for you and your children.
We have pediatric dental services from regular preventative check-ups to dental sealants and orthodontic (braces and Invisalign) procedures and treatments, and many more!
Dental treatment doesn’t stop as your child grows - we offer services and treatments for teens and adults, and we’ll guide them through their lifelong dental journey.
Book your and your family’s appointment today. We are conveniently located in a strip mall at the intersection between Lagimodiere Boulevard and Regent Avenue in Transcona. See you and your mini-me soon!