Fred, the tooth fairy says:
KNOW HOW TO LOOK AFTER THE LITTLE TEETH
Do you know why teeth are so important? because:
1. You need them to chew your food. If your teeth and gums are healthy you can chew well and get all the nutritious food to work for your body and help it grow.
2. They are also important for talking: if teeth are missing or are not in the right place you may not be able to speak well and develop a lisp.
3. They are also very important when smiling.
Happy people smile wide and show their teeth, the whiter and shinier the teeth, the greater the smile.
The biggest enemy of teeth is plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance which is made of bacteria and food. It sticks to the teeth and can cause tooth decay or gum disease. Fighting plaque is simple when you know how. So here is some advice from Fred the tooth fairy on how to fight the plaque, look after your teeth, to keep them clean and enjoy a big shiny smile:
1. Brush your teeth twice a day, once in the morning after the breakfast and once before going to bed. Brushing is the best way of removing the plaque. Brush them well for 2 minutes, use a fluoride tooth paste. After brushing spit the foam out but do not rinse your mouth so the tooth paste can stay around the teeth and keep them clean for longer.
2. Cut down on sugary food everybody has some germs (bacteria) in their mouth. The germs mixed with food will make the plaque inside the mouth. The germs can use the sugary food to make acid and acid can make the teeth decay. So avoid sugary snacks like sweets and chocolate and instead choose healthy options like carrot sticks, cucumber, fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water and avoid fizzy drinks and squashes. Milk is another healthy drink as it has calcium and is good for growing bones and teeth.
3. Go and visit your dentist regularly so they can check your teeth and tell you if you are doing a good job cleaning them or not. They also can detect any problems with the teeth and gum and treat them if not healthy.
4. Wear a sports guard: if you play contact sports like Judo, rugby or taekwondo, you have to wear a sports guard to protect the teeth from harm during your activity.
5. If you notice your gums bleed or if your teeth feel sensitive or painful, go and see your dentist quickly, do not wait as it will only become worse.
Here’s my toothpaste, Here’s my brush
I won’t hurry, I won’t rush
Working hard to keep teeth clean
Front and back and in between
When I brush for quite a while
I will have a happy smile
A note for the parents
1. The children should start visiting the dentist as soon as the first tooth appears. That is usually when the baby is 6 months old.
2. Clean the first baby teeth in an infant with a piece of clean flannel or gauze and as soon they can handle a baby brush, start using the brush.
3. Never feed children with a bottle containing milk, formula, juice or other sweetened liquids whilst asleep. Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by the frequent and long-term exposure of a child’s teeth to liquids containing sugars. The sugars in these liquids pool around the infant’s teeth and gums, feeding the bacteria in the plaque, which in turn will ferment the sugar to acid and cause decay in long term. Children should be weaned from the bottle as soon as they can drink from a cup, but the bottle should not be taken away too soon, since the sucking motion helps with the development of facial muscles, as well as the tongue.
4. Supervise your children when brushing their teeth, treat tooth brushing as a routine and lead by example. Using an app may make the brushing more fun and efficient. These are some apps for those you who are tech savvy:
- Brush your Teeth app by Concappt Media
- Luca Lashes learns to brush his teeth
- Disney Magic Timer™ App
5. Be a good role model for helping prevent a fear of going to the dentist, prepare them for their dental visit, tell them how great healthy teeth look and feel. Take the children with you for your routine dental check-ups to acclimatise them to dental visits.
6. Give them healthy choices with food, snacks and drinks. They don’t do the food shopping, you do.