Preventing decay is an effort that needs to begin early in a child’s life. There are a number of steps and tips that can be taken to help protect your child’s teeth, regardless of what age they may be. Taking the time and knowing what to do can go a long way in helping to create a healthy and beautiful smile for your child.
Get the All-Important First Dental Checkup On-Time
It is important to take your child the dentist by age three or sooner if issues are present. Not only will this allow the dentist to see if there are any abnormalities with the child’s teeth, jaw or mouth are present and address any care that may be needed. Also, it is good idea to get your children to the dentist early to help them get familiar with the dental setting and establish good habits early on (like brushing and seeing the dentist at least 2 times per year.)
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They also help provide a number of invaluable benefits. For example, according to a report from the CDC, dental care costs are almost 40 percent lower for a five-year period for children who began to see a dentist regularly by the time they turned five.
Teach Your Child Good Habits
Brushing your child’s teeth is something that is essential early in life. Prior to your baby getting teeth, you can softly brush their gums. This can be done with water on a soft bristled toothbrush or you can clean the gums with a soft washcloth. When the first teeth do appear, it is important to care for these by brushing them with water and soft bristled brush and when they are old enough under adult supervision brushing with fluoridated toothpaste. As your kids get all of their baby teeth, start helping them floss on a daily basis , 5 years old is the time to start good habits for life!
Avoid Issues of “Baby Bottle Decay”
You should never put your baby or child to bed or down for a nap with milk, formula or juice. Any type of sugary liquid will cling to the child’s teeth, which will feed bacteria that will result in tooth decay. If you have to give your baby a bottle in bed, be sure it only has water in it.
Reduce the Amount of Juice they Drink
There are a number of parents who believe that juice is a healthy choice for a child to drink throughout the day, but due to its acidic nature and sugary content can result in tooth decay. Try to limit your child to no more than four ounces of 100 percent fruit juice per day. Sugary drinks should only be given at mealtime or as a treat.
Some Medications can Lead to Increased Dental Abnormality
There are a number of common children’s medicines that are sugary and flavored. When they become stuck on your child’s teeth, they will increase the chance of cavities developing- brushing or at least rinsing with water after taking medication is recommended to prevent this occurrence. There are some medications, for a number of chronic conditions, such as heart problems and asthma that have a higher rate of decay. Seeking a consultation with your dentist and regular check-ups will be important in preventing these issues.
Helping your child develop an oral care routine that promotes a beautiful and healthy smile throughout life does not have to be difficult, but it does require consistency. Developing good habits early on can set your child up for a healthy happy life with lots of smiles! Contact us today for an appointment.