To enable your kids to maintain a healthy set of teeth, it is necessary to guide them in following these proper dental care habits: regularly wipe or brush your child's teeth; take your child to the dentist; watch your child's diet; never give your child bedtime bottle milk or juice; and try some dental sealants.
The secret to keeping your child's teeth healthy is to care for them. The thing is, you do not know how much dental care your kids really need? Here are five ways by which you can properly care for your child's teeth:
Regularly wipe or brush your child's teeth
It is never too early to start caring for your child's teeth. Even for infants without any teeth yet, you can wipe the gums to get rid of bacteria from all the milk-drinking and soft food taken in. When teeth start to grow, you can use a warm washcloth to wipe away bacteria from teeth and gums. Later on, a soft bristle toothbrush, especially designed for babies, will work just great. Brush your kid's teeth at least twice a day. Soon, you can encourage your kids to brush their own teeth with your supervision. If they hesitate, try brushing your teeth with them and let them follow. This will help make an enjoyable teeth care experience for both of you. Use pea-sized amount of toothpaste with fluoride to keep their teeth healthy. Remember to let them spit out the toothpaste after brushing to avoid stains and brown spots on teeth caused by too much fluoride intake. For younger kids who are not yet able to spit out toothpaste, consider getting fluoride-free toothpaste.
Take your child to the dentist
Even at the early age of one, your child can start making a visit to the dentist as advised by the American Dental Association. Pediatric dentists specialize in kid's teeth and help ensure that daily teeth and gum routine are properly maintained. They also oversee possible oral health problems your kids may have and help them prevent it. Most dental clinics have pediatric dentists and don't always require dental insurance. Look for one in your area to make regular visits convenient for you and your kid.
Watch your child's diet
When you were still young, your parents may have always reminded you not to eat too much sweets and acidic drinks as they ruin your teeth. That totally holds true. However, many are unaware that a lot of healthy foods can be as harmful to your child's teeth as these sweet treats. It has been observed that bacteria are not only produced by sweet food intake, but also by food rich in carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta, as well as those with natural sugars. such as milk and fruits. It doesn't mean, however, that you should stop giving these food to your kids, since they are very important to keep kids healthy. Extra teeth care should be given, such as drinking enough water to wash down all the food in their mouth, as well as proper brushing. The same goes when your kids eat sticky foods as they stick in their teeth producing more bacteria.
Never give your child bedtime bottle milk or juice
As previously mentioned, milk and juices have natural sugars that can cause bacteria, which harm your child's teeth when not properly cleaned. It is therefore a no-no to give your babies a bottle of milk or juice to get them to sleep and keep them asleep. Bacteria builds up over night and cavities form, causing tooth decay. If your child has become dependent on milk and could not sleep without it in his/her mouth, it is advisable that you let your baby drink in water after the bottle of milk to help prevent bacteria build up.
Check out dental sealants
You may not have heard of dental sealant, but you can ask your dentist about its benefits. Dental sealant is a non-toxic protective coating that covers the surface of the tooth, keeping bacteria and food particles from getting into the canals of your child's teeth. Although also offered to grownups, dental sealants especially benefit kids over five years old who who are less concerned with proper dental care. Dental sealants usually wear off after four to five years and can be reapplied by your dentist.
As a parent, you always want what’s best for your kids, especially when it comes to health. That includes healthy teeth and gums. Always remember that a healthy kid is always a happy kid and that happiness will always show in your little one’s bright smile.
I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!