Our teeth are one of the most important things that we need in life, as they allow us to talk, eat smile and hold food as we chew. In children’s dentistry, tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases for children between 6 to 19 years old. This fact is unfortunate considering that tooth decay is preventable if proper dental care efforts are observed. The American dental association recommends that kids start getting dental checkups at about the age of one year or when their first tooth appears. Although your child will eventually loose his/her first teeth, those teeth will help him/her to speak and chew. They will also create a path for the future permanent teeth. In this article we are going to give you 4 dental care tips for kids that will help them through their adolescence.
1. Start with the first teeth
You should start taking care of your child’s dental hygiene as soon as their first teeth appear. You child’s first tooth is very important as it will help them to build that first smile and start their ability to chew food. If you don’t take proper care of your child’s first teeth, it could lead to decay or even worse, your child might lose their teeth. Flossing and brushing the teeth with a soft toothbrush are a must especially if the child is in the toddler stage. Ensure that your kid’s teeth are brushed at least twice a day (after breakfast and after the last feeding of the day).
2. Encourage healthy eating habits
Many cases of children’s tooth decay are brought about by unhealthy drinking and eating habits. To ensure that your kid’s dental care is well taken care of, ensure that you don’t allow your baby to sleep with a bottle of milk, formula, juice or any other sweetened liquid. Also make sure that you incorporate healthy foods that will boost your child’s dental hygiene in their diet. If you are not sure of which foods to give to your child to enhance his or her dental hygiene, be sure that you consult with your dentist for advice.
3. Beware of certain medicines
Kids don’t like taking medicines that are bitter. As a result most manufactures of kid’s medicines tend to offer added sugar, additives and flavors in their product that entice kids to drink or swallow them. Such medicines can be dangerous to your child’s teeth because when they stick to their teeth, they expose your child to the risk of tooth decay. Another problem with medicines such as the frequent use of antibiotics can also increase the risk of yeast infection in the mouth sometimes referred to as oral thrush.
4. Be a good role model
Children always follow what they see. Don’t preach water and drink wine. Practice what you preach, your son or daughter will follow your example. Ensure that you brush and floss your own teeth regularly to give your kids a good example. Also be sure that you visit your dentist regularly for cleanings to create a good impression for them.
In conclusion, your child’s dental health care is very important. By observing good dental care practices, you will not only help your kid’s to have strong healthy teeth but you will also instill them with good dental care practices that will greatly benefit them throughout their lives.