What is Oral Health?
Oral health refers to the health of our teeth, gums and entire oral-facial system that allows us smile, speak and chew.
Why is Oral Health important?
Oral health is important for even baby teeth because...
- Helps them bite & chew
- Supports speech and language
- Helps children feel confident when they smile
- Make space for and help guide adult teeth.
What is the most common oral health issue?
Tooth decay. A study done in 2020 on 3 year olds showed that 11% of the children had visible tooth decay, affecting on average 3 teeth. Tooth decay can cause issues with eating, sleeping and communication. Tooth decay is caused by increased intake of foods/drinks with high sugar contents.
How can we avoid this?
- Reduce the consumption of foods that contain high levels of sugar (i.e. sweets and fizzy drinks)
- Brush teeth, twice daily.
- Take you child to the dentist once their first tooth erupts, and then on a regular basis. (Twice per year is recommended for adults and children!)
- Children under 3 should use a smear of tooth paste.
- Children between 3 and 6 should use a pea size amount.
- Using a fluoride toothpaste is best.
- Supervise your little one when brushing their teeth.
Drinking bottles and cups
What children drink from can impact a child's oral health. You should only gives babies breast/formula milk or boiled water that has cooled down.
It is a good idea to introduce open-top cups from 6 months old to help children with their sipping skills. This can also help strengthen their face muscles that can help them bite, chew and talk.
Often use dummies as comforters but the longer use a dummy the higher risk of;
- Mouth breathing
- Incorrect positioning of teeth and jaw structure.
- Speech and language difficulties
- Tooth Decay
How do we promote oral health at Kingsbury?
At Kingsbury we learn through play so in our environment we set up different activities and include aspect of oral health where we can. For example; Dentist role play, dolls & toys and models.
We have different books and stories around our rooms that include stories of going to the dentist and teeth. We also focus of healthy eating and promote open discussions on our own experiences of going to the dentist and eating healthy.
If you have any questions, or need any help, please speak to the team!!
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@BananaMoon - 8 months ago