As part of Children’s Week (21–29 October), Main Beach Dental is spreading the word that if parents teach children good dental habits, those kids have a great chance of having those habits for a lifetime, avoiding dental disease, and even having better overall health.
Children’s Week was originally created to focus the attention of Australia on children and their needs. In support of Children’s Week message of support for children, Main Beach Dental is emphasizing the ways that children can protect their teeth and health from an early age.
Unfortunately, tooth decay is Australia’s most common health problem. Dental decay in children of Australia is high, with just less that 50% of all six year olds’ already suffering from decayed teeth. The best way to combat this is with good oral hygiene, and for children that means early training.
During Children’s Week, it is important the think about how we train our children to ensure that they will lead healthy lives as adults.
How to Teach Your Child Good Dental Habits
Perhaps the most serious dental problem for children is cavities. Cavities occur when plaque, tartar, and bacteria in the mouth are allowed to build up and settle into a tooth, working their way through the tooth’s surface. Treatment for cavities is not only unpleasant, but it can be expensive and time consuming. It is especially unpleasant for children.
To avoid a situation in which your child needs expensive treatment for cavities and other dental problems, you should encourage positive dental habits now.
Although children may seem a little random, they are actually creatures of habit. Children enjoy what they know, because it makes them more comfortable and gives them a feeling of safety. By starting early, you help make sure that your child falls into a habit that they are familiar and comfortable with. This is also an investment as you’ll be able to be less concerned about poor dental health and hefty dental costs as your children grow.
Set an Example
In order to encourage your child to practice proper dental care, you need to show your child that you practice what you preach. As you demonstrate your own good dental habits and what you do to care for your teeth, your child will learn by example and start to develop their own good dental habits. You can help your child develop good dental habits by having them brush and floss their teeth with you.
Good dental habits are not just about brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist. It is also important to maintain a healthy diet. As an adult, you are more or less the gatekeeper of the food that children consume. As a result, you need to always consider which foods will help your children maintain good health and good teeth. As you likely know, this means not purchasing items that are sugary and fatty since these types of foods are more prone to causing dental problems.
Regular Dental Visits
Finally, to solidify what you preach and teach, you should also take your child to regular dental visits. By taking your child to the dentist on a regular basis, you’ll be able to show them how important it is to care for their teeth and why their dental health is so important. If it makes your child feel more comfortable, you can also take your child to your own dental appointments so that they understand how important dental health is.
Main Beach Dental and Children
Let your child experience a high-quality oral care through professional dental education and treatment here at Main Beach Dental. Your reliable Main Beach dentist is equipped with state-of-the-art dental tools and equipment intended for superior upholding of your whole family’s general oral wellbeing.
At Main Beach Dental we also participate in the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), an amazing program intended to help children achieve optimal oral health. The CDBS benefits children ages 2-17 years who receive Government benefits. It provides your child with up to $1000 worth of basic dental services over 2 calendar years.
What Dental Treatments Are Covered?
Eligible children are able to receive the following preventative and restorative treatments:
- Dental exams
- Check-up and clean
- Fluoride treatment
- Tooth fillings
- Fissure sealants
- Tooth extractions
- Root canal treatment
Your Trusted Family Dentist in Main Beach
If you have a child in need of treatment, or any other dental issues, do not hesitate to call us at Main Beach Dental on (07) 5503 1177.
Visit us today and take advantage of CDBS (Child Dental Benefits Schedule) and receive up to $1,000 worth of basic dental treatments over 2 calendar years.
Main Beach Dental is open from Monday to Saturday to cater to all your dental needs.