Dental Hygiene and Care – Lessons for Life in Our Early Learning Centres
In recent years we have seen a worrying fluctuation in the dental health of our young ones. While we are now becoming far more educated about the importance of oral care from a young age, we have also learned of our exposure to many extra excess sugars. And some of these sugars and sugar acids have been found in many of the foods and drinks we thought we were able to trust. Luckily our early learning centres are ahead of the game as always, and with a firm grip on the latest government guidelines, we can look to them for a little advice!
Cherry Bridge Station Early Learning Centres in New South Wales follow the very latest edition of the government guidelines in Australia. Healthy habits are part of a good education and as with everything, practice makes perfect. The centres encourage children to swill their mouths with fresh water after eating, and they only ever provide the children in their care with an approved and nutritionally balanced diet.
Whether at a childcare centre, or in your own care, your child should have clean fresh water available at all times, sugary drinks and juices are not encouraged, especially as thirst quenchers! And remember, the cleaning procedures for a baby’s gums and the young ‘primary’ teeth, are just as important as the care we devote to our own permanent teeth.
If your child has no teeth yet, or they are just appearing, then gently wipe their gums with a soft clean cloth after feeding. This will remove any residue or debris that may otherwise sit around on the sensitive gums or gaps created by newly emerging teeth. As with bigger mouths the main concern is removing anything that could attract the dreaded plaque bacteria!
If your child has teeth you should be using a brush and toothpaste suitable for their age and brushing should be done after breakfast and just before bed. The procedure, as advised by the guidelines and our new ‘How To’ book series in the childcare centres, is as follows:
- Turn on the cold tap and wet the bristles of your toothbrush
- Squeeze a pea-sized amount of toothpaste onto the brush
- Angle the brush to your teeth and wiggle it up and down, from gum to gum
- Do this with each tooth, then flip the brush over and do the inner sides
- Brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth
- Then use the tip of the brush to do the backs of the front teeth, top and bottom
- And don’t forget to brush your tongue
- Then spit the toothpaste, rinse your brush and wipe your mouth… Done!
Make it fun, and let’s see if we can have the all-natural ‘wobbly teeth’ as the only ones they lose, until much, much later!