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The sooner your children learn to take care of their own teeth, the better. Read on for some excellent tips on fostering responsible dental care at an early age.

When it comes to veneers Dublin is a centre of excellence and provides quality work that you will rarely find abroad. On this topic, a young Mum visited us recently for dental veneers treatment, and while she was chatting to us, she asked if we had any advice for helping her teach her young children to brush their teeth properly.

It was an excellent question, because the earliest you get your children to take responsibility for their own teeth, the better. Of course you’ll still need to supervise them form time to time, but children are very smart and well able to take on a new habit if it's explained to them in the right terms.

But let’s start with young babies who obviously can’t take care of their own teeth. What can we do to get them used to the feeling of a toothbrush in their mouth?

We recommend that you start cleaning their baby teeth with a simple gauze, with no fluoride used up till the age of around six months. You can gradually introduce a small amount of children’s toothpaste once they hit six months, which will include fluoride.

You already know how important habit is to your child. After all, you probably put the kids to bed at the same time every evening, and may well have a regular winding down routine which is also based on habit.

So as early as possible, get your child into the habit of having a brush used on their mouth in the morning and in the evening (and at other times during the day, if they’ve been eating any ‘nasties’.

Until they reach around six or seven, they probably won’t have the physical dexterity to properly brush their teeth themselves, so some help from Mum or Dad is needed.

But from this age onwards, they should be able to brush like grown-ups, but the issue now may be the motivation to do so on a regular basis. You may have to do a little nagging – or perhaps introduce a reward system if they brush their teeth on a regular basis. It's particularly important that they brush at night, as there has been a build-up of bacteria and potential plaque during the day, and you don't want to leave that in place overnight.

Simply by observation, you should be able to spot if your child is brushing each quadrant of their mouth, and each surface of their teeth. That said, you should also introduce regular visits to the dentist at this stage, and get the dentist to check that everything is in order.

It's great to have the child visit the dentist when no work is required, as they then associate a dental visit as a positive experience.

You probably don’t need to introduce flossing or interdental brushes until all the adult teeth have come through, as there can often be a lot of gaps where new teeth are waiting to push through.

Good habits at an early age will pay off big-time in later life. There’ll be no need for dental veneers in later life if everything is done well during those important early days, and

As we said earlier, when it comes to veneers Dublin is a centre of excellence – but wouldn’t you prefer that your children never had to put this to the test?