One of my worst nightmares is loosing my teeth, so I make sure I take very good care of them. I have never had anything done at the dentist other than sealants and a brace when I was younger. I would like to pass my good teeth hygiene onto my children. I want them to have strong and healthy teeth. I am a stickler for making sure they brush their teeth every night and in the morning. No matter how tired they are. Keeping my children’s teeth healthy is very important to me. I expect it is to you too.
Bupa are also aware of how important it is to keep our children’s teeth healthy and did a recent survey which revealed that nearly half of mums (46%) are worried that their child might be addicted to sugar. Are you? Despite this concern, 60% of mums admit that they do not regularly look at the nutritional information on food products for their children, with even one in five (20%) confessing that their child doesn’t have a balanced diet. I think it can be difficult to check everything your child eats in a day.
This research also found that 50% of mums have used the Tooth Fairy story to encourage their children to brush their teeth. Of these, nearly half of mums tell their children the Tooth Fairy won’t accept rotten teeth to encourage them to clean their teeth, and 35% say the Tooth Fairy will know when you’ve eaten too many sweets. Does she? I think so.
There are so many sweets and fizzy drinks on the market now and with being at supermarket counters, etc it’s hard to get away from them. How do you limit your child’s intake of sweets and sugary drinks?
Top five tips on how to keep your child’s teeth healthy from Bupa’s Clinical Director of Dentistry, Dr Steve Preddy;-
- Make the two minutes of teeth brushing fun; use a timer or find a fun song for your child to brush along to
- Be aware of the effects of your child’s diet on their dental health, regular consumption of sugary foods and drinks can lead to tooth decay
- Keep sugary treats to mealtimes, the less your child has sugary foods and drinks throughout the day the better
- Always read the nutritional labels on food to be aware of sugar content. This will help you find hidden sugars in healthy or unexpected foods
- Take regular trips to the dentist and try and to make your child feel at ease so this isn’t a negative experience
I think it helps if you don’t have a fear of the dentist, that way you are at ease and they can watch you go in and be treated without instilling fears on them. I also try to limit there sweet intake to once a day after dinner.
The research comes as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) announce that schools and nurseries should run tooth brushing schemes to improve the oral health of children.
We have had this initiative in the boys school and nursery for many years, they brush their teeth at school after lunch, I think this is a great way to encourage them to brush their teeth. And fully support this scheme.
What are your tips for keeping your child’s teeth healthy?
Bupa have produced an excellent video to help encourage good habits for the children and you can personalise it too. How good is that, their own personalised Tooth Fairy video, you can see Tyler’s here.
To find out more about Bupa’s Tooth Fairy campaign and to create your own personalised video for your child visit toothfairy.bupa.co.uk.
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