Children’s National Dental
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National Children’s Dental Health Month – Care for their Pearly Whites
Every time this month arrives, there are many pamphlets, fliers, posters, books even, that instruct the up and coming parents, as well as those that are misinformed or uninformed, how to take care of their children’s teeth.
Depending on the age of your child, you should know that there are different things that you should pay attention to, starting from whether your child has primary or permanent teeth, and whether your child is younger than the age of 3. Following these tips, you should be able to take care of your children’s teeth and make their visits to the dentist that much more pleasant.
Take care of their teeth from the earliest possible period
If your child is younger than 12 months, you should clean their mouth very gently, using a clean, moist gauze or cloth. There is a valid reason for this, because as soon their primary teeth erupt, they can start decaying. If your child is older than 3 years, then you should use a soft toothbrush, as well as a very small amount of fluoride toothpaste. After the age of 3, the amount of the toothpaste can go as much as that of a pea, to the age of 6. By that time, your child should be comfortable to wash their teeth on their own. If they are not, then keep assisting them until they master the art of teeth brushing.
Make sure that they have enough healthy food
While your child might crave sweets more than anything else that you might offer, you should really reduce the amount they consume, especially hard and gummy candy. Those can remain in the mouth for quite a while, making it quite an acidic environment, one that is surely to damage the enamel of their teeth. Healthy snacks and food such as cheese, milk and raw vegetables. All of those can help their teeth become more resilient. With a couple of tricks in the kitchen, you can make broccoli a very enjoyable snack, and a healthy one, too.
Tap water is a very good source of fluoride
There are entire movements and educational posters dedicated to tap water, mostly because it contains the right amount of fluoride. Fluoride is very important for the enamel, and since you can have it by drinking tap water, you are already on the way to having healthier teeth, especially the children. You do not want a decaying tooth in your child’s mouth, so add tap water to their daily diet.
Teeth brushing is essential, it can also be fun
You should instruct your child to brush their teeth, yes, but, you do not need to make it a chore, or even worse, a burden. Scary stories about dentists do not help, either. You should make it a fun activity which you can do with them at certain times each day.
Make sure to be there with them so that they will actually wash their teeth, and tell them a story, or play pretend, anything that can turn a rather simple activity into something fun, or even exciting.
Visit your dentist on a regular basis
While the tips above can indeed help your child have healthier teeth, you should also note that visiting your dentist is probably the most secure way of knowing the state of their teeth, not to mention if there is an emergency that needs to be dealt with.
Regular visits will help alleviate even the slightest problems and at most times, treat them before they even become problems.
Your children’s smile should be the most important thing to you, so be sure to remember these tips throughout the year, and not just for one month. A healthy smile is the best smile.