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Brushing Up On Your Children’s Dental Knowledge

Posted by Kerri Mosher on August 2, 2017 in Blog |

As soon as you have kids you become responsible for so many more things than you used to. Not only do you have to take your own health and well-being into account, but you have to keep a consistent eye on the health and well-being of your little ones too. A key part of this is their dental care: from teething right through to maintaining the health of their adult teeth. But not to worry, we’re here to guide you through every step of the way. Here’s everything you need to know about maintaining your little ones’ pearly whites.

 

Cleaning

 

You need to start gently cleaning your children’s teeth as soon as they start to come through. They will start teething anywhere from ten months of age. Trust us, you’ll know about it. Teething can cause toddlers to be irritable and cranky and can also have adverse effects such as causing dry skin, nappy rash, and diarrhea. With so much going on, it can be easy to put dental care to the back of your mind, but by now your child is likely to be weaning onto formula milk and trying out some of their first solid foods. Bacteria will build up in their mouths at the same rate that it will in an adult’s. So invest in a small, soft bristled brush specifically designed for first teeth. You should also use toothpaste that are formulated with little ones in mind. They will clean their teeth just as well, but will often have more appealing flavors than harsh mint. Use a pea sized amount and ensure that your child doesn’t swallow the foam. Encourage them to spit it out. Avoid rinsing their mouth with water immediately after too, this will leave more fluoride in their mouth the protect their teeth during the day. When your children start to clean their teeth by themselves, ensure that they are doing a thorough job. You can buy timers that will allow them to know when they’ve been cleaning their teeth for long enough. You can also purchase chewable tabs that highlight any plaque left on their teeth after brushing. This will allow them to scrub the parts that they’ve missed.

 

Diet

 

A major cause of tooth damage in children is decay caused by eating excessive sweet treats and drinking too many sugar filled fizzy drinks. So keep these goods for special occasions. The occasional chocolate bar won’t do any harm, but it’s best for your kid’s overall health that you get them into a routine of eating a healthy, balanced diet with minimal amounts of junk food. Keep a vigilant eye out for foods that secretly hide large amounts of sugar. Certain juices and squashes actually contain a lot more sugar than you’d think. As do certain breads and products like baked beans. While you should encourage your children to eat plenty of fruit, try to give them whole fruits. The process of blending when making smoothies and juices releases sugar stored away in fruits and drinking them will leave a syrup like a residue on your children’s teeth.

 

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Matthew Kanter examines a young Cambodian boy during a dental hygiene outreach event for Angchhum Trapeang Chhouk School in Kampot Province, Cambodia, June 15, 2016. Approximately 187 children from the school received oral hygiene education and fluoride treatments along with a toothbrush and toothpaste to take home as part of Pacific Angel 16-2. Pacific Angel includes general health, dental, optometry, pediatrics, physical therapy, and engineering programs as well as various humanitarian aid and disaster relief subject matter expert exchanges. The mission enhances participating nations’ humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities while providing needed services to people throughout the region. Kanter is a U.S. Navy dentist deployed from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington/Released)

Dental Care

 

Everyone knows that adults should visit their dental practitioner for a checkup at least once a year. But when do you start taking your child? It is recommended that you take your little one for their first appointment between one year of age and six months after their first tooth erupts. It’s best to get your child used to visit the dentist sooner rather than later. This makes the experience familiar to them and they are less likely to develop phobias or pre-appointment anxiety down the line. Make the experience as positive as possible!

 

Dental Emergencies

 

It should be a top priority that you attempt to keep your little ones’ baby teeth in place until they fall out naturally. However, we are all prone to accidents every now and then. Little ones running about and playing can often end in trips which can cause chipped teeth or teeth to be knocked out. In these situations, you need to take them to the dentist immediately. Find a dentist near you for emergencies. They will have plenty of experience and will ensure that your child receives the best care possible. These situations can always be a little frightening, but staff will know how to best calm your child and will be able to offer apt pain relief measures if necessary.

 

Following these steps will ensure that your children’s teeth will be strong and healthy while they feel comfortable and content with all aspects of the dental health care institution.

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