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6 oral health tips for primary school children (5–12 years)

6 oral health tips for primary school children (5–12 years)

Teaching a child proper oral care at a young age is an investment in his or her health that will pay lifelong dividends. To help the primary school children protect their teeth and gums and greatly reduce their risk of getting cavities, here are simple 6 oral health tips for those bright cute people:

1. Brush teeth and along the gum line twice a day.

  • Fruit juice and sweet drinks can cause tooth decay.
  • Fruit juice with ‘no added sugar’ contains natural sugar which can also cause tooth decay.
  • Sweet drinks include: soft drinks, fruit juice, sports drinks, cordials, tea drinks, fruit drinks and energy drinks.
  • Diet soft drinks contain acids which can also damage teeth.

2. Children do not need fruit juice or other sweet drinks.

  • Fruit juice and sweet drinks can cause tooth decay.
  • Fruit juice with ‘no added sugar’ contains natural sugar which can also cause tooth decay.
  • Sweet drinks include: soft drinks, fruit juice, sports drinks, cordials, tea drinks, fruit drinks and energy drinks.
  • Diet soft drinks contain acids which can also damage teeth.

3. Healthy meals and snacks are important for healthy teeth.

  • Enjoy a wide variety of healthy foods from the five groups every day.
  • Fruits and vegetables are an important part of healthy eating.
  • Milk, yogurt, cheese (and their alternatives) are an excellent source of calcium.
  • Many common foods and snacks have sugar in them. Eating foods with high levels of sugar causes tooth decay.
  • Try to avoid sugary foods and snacks in your child’s lunchbox.: Foods high in added sugars include jams, lollies, biscuits, cakes, sweet muffins, doughnuts, slices, sweet pastries, chocolate and muesli bars.

4. Children should have seen an oral health professional by the time they go to school.

  • Having regular check-ups can help to spot problems early. Early stages of tooth decay can be treated.
  • Find out more about free or low-cost public dental services available for school aged children.

5. Wear a mouth-guard during contact sports or activities where there is a risk of injury to the face.

  • Custom fitted mouth guards provide the best protection.
  • Take the mouth guard to your dental visits to check it still fits well.
  • A mouth guard may need to be replaced as changes occur in the mouth, such as when the permanent teeth come through.

6. See a oral health professional if your child damages their teeth or face.

  • If your child knocks out a baby tooth, do not try and put it back in place. Contact your oral health professional immediately.
  • Trying to replace a baby tooth can damage the adult tooth underneath the gum, or cause problems when it is time for the baby tooth to fall out.
  • If a permanent (adult) tooth is knocked out:
  • hold it by the crown (smooth white part) and avoid touching the pointy root.
  • Gently rinse the tooth with milk or saline without touching the root. Do not scrub the tooth.
  • If the person is conscious, you should gently put the tooth back into the socket.
  • Hold the tooth in place by getting the person to gently bite on a handkerchief.
  • Contact your oral health professional immediately.

Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!

Located in the heart of North Vancouver, BC, Family Care Dental Clinic is a group of passionate dentists and dental experts who are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care in a modern and relaxing environment. We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family. Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at info@familycaredentalclinic.com to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!

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