The health and development of a child’s mouth and teeth are as important as any other part of the body. Learn how to keep your children’s teeth healthy and robust by understanding good oral hygiene, proper tooth development, how fluoride protects teeth and seeing your pediatric dentist regularly.
Cavities, also known as tooth decay, are one of the most chronic illnesses and can have a profound impact on the child’s health. The good news is, cavities are preventable. While most kids don’t start getting their first tooth until they are six months old, good oral hygiene starts as early as infancy. Whether you’re nursing or bottle-feeding, you should begin incorporating dental hygiene regimen as soon as possible. It is essential to develop healthy habits of dental care while kids are young, as these can set good oral health for a lifetime.
According to Colgate Oral Care Center, if your child is at high risk for cavities, it’s time to cut down on starchy snacks, such as crackers and chips, and limit sugary beverages. Remember that giving your child a bottle of sweetened liquid many times a day, or allowing your child to fall asleep with a bottle during naps, or at night, can be harmful to the child’s teeth. Research shows that children who develop cavities in their baby teeth are more likely to develop cavities as an adult. So, be sure to get your child to a pediatric dentist for a checkup by the time he or she turns one or two years of age to make sure that their teeth are properly cared for and cleaned. A professional pediatric dentist will provide you with expert tips on how to keep your child’s teeth cavity-free and answer any questions concerning your child’s oral health.
Here are a few tips on how to prevent early childhood cavities:
- For infants, experts advise that before any teeth erupt, wipe down the gums with gauze or a soft, wet washcloth.
- Use a toothbrush that has soft bristles that will not hurt a child’s teeth and gums based on their age.
- Start using toothpaste to brush your child’s teeth when he or she is two years of age. Be careful to give them small amounts of toothpaste as kids at that age tend to swallow the toothpaste. You may introduce toothpaste with fluoride when the child is old enough not to take it.
- Practice cleaning teeth with your children as most kids start brushing on their own at the age of 8.
- When the two teeth touch each other, it is best to floss them at least once a day.
- What and how frequently your kids eat can have a significant impact, ensure to give your child healthy snacks that are sugar-free or unsweetened. Encourage kids to drink water during and at the end of mealtime to wash out any remnant of sugar or starch, which causes tooth decay.
- Visit your pediatric dentist once or twice a year.
Starting healthy practices in childhood will create a lifetime of healthy smiles, and promoting oral health in young children is best accomplished by involving the parents and their pediatric dentists.
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