With just over one week to go until Easter, we are in no doubt that younger members of the family will be dreaming about the number of chocolate eggs they may get to devour over the two week holiday period.
As parents, Easter presents us with an occasion where we have to strike a balance between children enjoying themselves and ensuring they stay healthy – particularly now that the risks associated with eating sugar are well known.
From a dental perspective sugar is the main causes of dental decay, particularly in younger children. Regular and thorough brushing is very important in the prevention of dental decay; however the most important message is that sweet treats should be restricted to immediately after mealtimes and there should be as fewer exposures of teeth to sugar each day. It’s also worth remembering that naturally occurring sugars labelled as ‘healthy sugars’ are still sugars.
With that in mind, Illume has put together a list of excellent and available resources that will not only encourage children of all ages to brush their teeth, but will also aid parents in keeping their children’s teeth decay free this Easter!
There are a vast array of manual and electric toothbrushes designed especially for small mouths and hands. From brightly coloured brushes decorated with cartoon characters, to handles moulded into myriad shapes – buying a brush that your little ones will want to use, or allowing them to help choose one will encourage them to brush their teeth.
The Disney Timer app from Oral B is a fun way of getting youngsters excited about brushing, with the help of Disney, Marvel and Star Wars characters.
A Wild Smile is an initiative from registered charity Heart Your Smile designed to ‘promote and protect oral health using fun and accessible animal themed resources.’
Global toothpaste brands Colgate and Aquafresh both have a number of resources on their websites, but be aware – they’re very American in style!
Philips Sonicare has launched the Brush Buster app designed to make brushing a satisfactory mission for slightly older children – this short film provides more details.
Brush DJ is a free app specifically designed to make brushing fun for older children. Available on Google play and iTunes, Brush DJ randomly selects music from the user’s mobile device and plays it for two minutes – the perfect length of time for a thorough teeth cleaning session. The dentist designed app also provides lots of useful advice and includes a reminder function for dentist and hygienist appointments.
A word of advice
Illume's Owner and Clinical Director, Tim Rumney, says, “Thorough brushing for two minutes, twice a day, is the best way of preventing dental decay.
“Anything which helps children to understand the length of time they need to brush for is great, but using a quality brush is vital. We recommend parents stick with reputable brands and use age appropriate fluoride toothpaste for the best results.”
‘’And finally, we’ll pass on tongue in cheek, a message we saw the other day. You don’t have to brush all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep.’’
Illume membership for children
Illume offers membership for children to spread the cost of regular dental care. Membership for children aged 0-18 includes Healthy Mouth Reviews, and Hygiene Support Visits at intervals prescribed by our dentists and a number of other benefits - all from just £8.80 per month.
For more details or to make an appointment please contact the practice directly on 01242 522230.
*Please note Illume has not independently tested any of the items or resources referred to in the article above and cannot be held responsible for their accessibility or performance.