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Bedtime Wellness: Dental Hygiene for Children

May 12, 2024
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The importance of a structured nighttime routine for children cannot be overstated; influencing their health, well-being, and development. This press release explores the “Brush, Book, Bed” approach, a practical and effective strategy recommended by HealthyChildren.org to instill essential habits in children. Ashraf Dentistry enhances this discussion by offering specialized insights into how integrating oral health care with bedtime routines can pave the way for a healthier future for children, ensuring that they grow up with a foundation of good habits and sound health. (Source: HealthyChildren, Brush, Book, Bed: How to Structure Your Child’s Nighttime Routine, American Academy of Pediatrics (Copyright @ 2024), February 2, 2024, https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/oral-health/Pages/Brush-Book-Bed.aspx).


“At Ashraf Dentistry, we emphasize starting dental hygiene practices early. Consistency is key when it comes to a nighttime routine. Set a specific time for your child to take their bath and brush their teeth. This helps their body recognize it’s time to wind down for the day. To encourage a positive attitude towards dental hygiene, make the brushing experience enjoyable. Use a toothbrush with their favorite color or character and fluoride toothpaste with a flavor they love. You can also sing a song or play a two-minute brushing video to ensure they brush for the recommended time. Teaching little ones the importance of brushing and flossing effectively is crucial. We often advise parents on techniques to make brushing fun and engaging, reinforcing habits that prevent dental issues later in life.”


“Incorporating reading into the bedtime routine enhances a child’s literacy and strengthens the emotional bond between parent and child. At Ashraf Dentistry, we encourage parents to discuss stories and relate them to daily activities, including oral health, to make learning more integrative. End the nighttime routine with a calming activity, such as reading a book together, signaling your child that it’s time to settle down for sleep. Ensure that the day’s end activities are screen-free to avoid stimulating their minds too much before bed.”


“Establishing a regular bedtime is key for a child’s cognitive and physical development. A consistent sleep schedule helps in maintaining not only mental health but also oral health, as stress can sometimes lead to issues like bruxism (teeth grinding). We support routines that align with these developmental needs.”

Ashraf Dentistry suggests starting with dinner, “Begin your child’s nighttime routine with a nutritious dinner. It’s not just about filling their tummies; it’s also about promoting kids’ teeth health. Offer meals that are low in sugar to reduce the risk of oral health issues. Encourage the consumption of nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, and dairy products that naturally help clean the teeth and strengthen enamel. Aim to serve dinner early enough so there’s a gap between eating and the bedtime oral care routine. This allows food particles and sugars to be washed away more effectively during the brushing process later on”.

Ashraf Dentistry shares five tips aimed at enhancing children’s dental health as part of their nighttime routine.

  1. Consistent Timing: Make brushing teeth a part of the nightly routine at the same time each evening to develop a habit.
  2. Proper Technique: Teach children to brush all surfaces of their teeth using gentle circular motions, ensuring they reach back teeth and gums.
  3. Fluoride Toothpaste: Use a pea-sized amount for children aged three and older to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent decay.
  4. Last Thing Before Bed: Ensure brushing happens after the last meal or snack and that no food or milk is consumed post-brushing, except for water.
  5. Supervision and Fun: Supervise children’s brushing until they have the skill to do it alone, around age 8. Incorporate storytelling or songs related to dental care to make the routine enjoyable and engaging.

The “Brush, Book, Bed” routine offers a foundational approach to child development, focusing on oral hygiene, literacy, and sleep consistency. Ashraf Dentistry’s insights affirm the significance of this nightly protocol, highlighting its role in fostering lifelong healthy habits. By embedding dental care within a broader bedtime routine, parents can ensure their children maintain healthy teeth and acquire habits that support their overall growth and well-being. Adopting this structured approach can make a profound difference in the lives of children, setting them up for a healthy future.

Ashraf Dentistry concludes, “By integrating these steps into your child’s nighttime routine, you prioritize their dental hygiene, preparing them for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Remember, the habits formed in childhood often lay the foundation for adult behavior. If you have concerns or questions about your child’s oral health, don’t hesitate to contact a pediatric dentistry professional”.


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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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