Children’s Dental HealthIt\u2019s never too early to begin teaching good oral hygiene to your children. Behaviours learnt when they\u2019re young tend to stick with them throughout life.The need for this is increasingly important with tooth decay among children on the rise, with more than half of all 6 year olds having some decay in their baby and adult teeth, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.Where to startYou should start caring for your child\u2019s oral health from when they\u2019re a baby\u00a0and into their toddler years so by the time they reach 3 years of age or so, they are well-versed in what it takes to keep their teeth healthy. They will require assistance from you until about the age of 7 or 8 but even then, it\u2019s a good idea to supervise them when they\u2019re brushing and flossing their teeth.There are a number of key things to keep in mind when it comes to keeping your kids\u2019 teeth in tip-top condition.Baby teeth matterYes, they eventually fall out to make way for adult teeth but that doesn\u2019t mean cleaning them isn\u2019t important. If decay causes them to be removed, it can cause crowding problems with their adult teeth emerge. So ensure they brush their teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste, which they shouldn\u2019t swallow, remembering to brush for at least two minutes at a time. Try using an egg timer to make keeping time fun for your child.Regular dentist visitsAt the age of 4 \u00a0at the latest your child should see Dr Max\u00a0regularly and understand that visiting us\u00a0is an important part of growing up. If you receive benefits such as Family Tax Benefit A payments, you can take advantage of government programs such as the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.Good eating and drinking habitsTo develop strong teeth, your children need a healthy, balanced diet made up of fresh foods such as vegetables, cheese and lean meats, minimal high-sugar foods such as biscuits and muesli bars, and fluoridated tap water.Dental traumaAccidents happen! And when they do, your kids’ teeth may get knocked out or damaged. Familiarising yourself with dental first aid means that you will be well prepared for handling dental trauma correctly.