Halloween is becoming more and more popular and my boys are at the age where they love trick or treating and lo9ve eating all the sweets and tweets they get.
However, there is a negative side to all these sugary foods and drinks that they get and it is important for me to help them keep decay at bay.
Bupa are also aware of this and a recent survey by them revealed that nearly half of mums (46%) are worried that their child might be addicted to sugar.
This research also found that 50% of mums have used the story of the Tooth Fairy to encourage their kids to brush their teeth. Of these, nearly half of mums tell kids the Tooth Fairy won’t accept rotten teeth to encourage them to clean their teeth, and 35% say the Tooth Fairy will know when you’ve eaten too many sweets.
So with this in mind they have produced a fab video that you can personalise for your child from The Tooth Fairy. You can see Mini’s here.
My number one tip for cleaning kids teeth
I also have Bupa’s top five tips for keeping your child’s teeth healthy, but I wanted to share with you my top tip and that is regularly using disclosing tablets. We use them once a week on a Sunday . These are small purple tablets that we chew and they dye the plaque on our teeth a purple colour for new plaque and red for old plaque.
We all do this and then see who can get their teeth clean of the colour the fastest!
Bupa’s top five tips on how to keep your child’s teeth healthy
from Bupa’s Clinical Director of Dentistry, Dr Steve Preddy
- Make the two minutes of teeth brushing fun; use a timer or find a fun song for your child to brush along to
- Be aware of the effects of your child’s diet on their dental health, regular consumption of sugary foods and drinks can lead to tooth decay
- Keep sugary treats to mealtimes, the less your child has sugary foods and drinks throughout the day the better
- Always read the nutritional labels on food to be aware of sugar content. This will help you find hidden sugars in healthy or unexpected foods
- Take regular trips to the dentist and try and to make your child feel at ease so this isn’t a negative experience
To find out more about Bupa’s Tooth Fairy campaign and create a personalised video for your child visit toothfairy.bupa.co.uk