Children bring unlimited joy to your life. Perhaps it is one of those most beautiful moments to snuggle up with them and hold them close. While children are fun to have and enjoy fun times with, it is also important to make sure that they are in the best of health.
Like adults, children can also be under the attack of oral bacteria. More so since they are constantly drinking sugar based drinks, like juices and milk. When they are little they are unable to cleanse their mouth, and as parents we often forget to do so, being under the pressures of daily life. With that said, toddlers often have baby bottle tooth decay. As children grow up, the attraction to sugar based products like candy and other things increases. And, with that increases the possibility of cavities and tooth decay.
As parents, one constantly has to combat this problem, and make sure that their children are in the best of oral health and hygiene.
4 Tips for Parents On Dental Hygiene for Children
- Make sure to talk to your children about the importance of brushing their teeth the right way. It is necessary to teach them how to brush and to spend adequate time doing it. Make brushing a fun activity for them, by buying toothbrushes that they enjoy using and pastes that taste good. When they are in the toddler stage, brush their teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush to keep them germ free.
- Diet is an extremely important factor. If your child is at a stage where having candy is almost like a lifeline, make sure to be strict and limit their sugar intake. However, in case they do intake sugar, make sure to rinse his or her mouth as much as possible.
- Start going to the dentist right when you see those baby teeth. It helps you to understand dental care of babies as well as makes sure that the new teeth grow in the way they should. Often pediatric dentists also make sure to treat them with fluoride to make the teeth stronger and protected against the onset of bacterium and other germs and infections.
- If your child complains about a toothache or pain in or around the ear, take him or her to a dentist immediately. It could be something to do with the teeth. In case of cavities, dentists might treat them with sealants to protect them from going further.
These are small measures that will help maintain good oral and dental hygiene for children and also bring you peace of mind to see them healthy and happy!
Call our Gilbert, Phoenix or Scottsdale dental offices to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.