As a parent, there is nothing more valuable than your child’s health and well-being. A good life for your child starts with a happy, confident smile and to achieve it, it is vital to begin training your child on the importance of dental health. We have compiled a list of good habits and precautions that parents and children can learn in order to maintain good oral hygiene and a healthy smile.
Begin with baby teeth
From the moment your child’s first baby tooth makes an appearance, it plays a significant role in developing and maintaining good oral hygiene habits. Baby teeth help to chew, communicate and act as excellent and effective placeholders in the skull for the later adult teeth. When your child shows that little white pearly peeking through the gums, you know it is time to start a good, oral hygiene and emergency dental perth health practice.
You should ensure that the products used are suitable and safe for children under the age of 3. It is good to stay in touch with your family dentist and seek advice whenever necessary.
Avoid sweet drinks that cause tooth decay
Did you know that giving your child sugary drinks in a bottle can cause rapid tooth decay? When putting your child down for a nap, avoid giving them a bottle of juice or baby formula. The sugar content in the liquid glues to the teeth causes decay. Instead, simply give them a bottle of warm water that clears any bacteria still lingering from being fed earlier. Sodas, juices, preserved drinks and baby formula are known to exacerbate the decaying process due to the sweetness that latches to baby teeth.
Watch out for cavities
Cavities are tiny holes in teeth that occur when bacteria builds up in the mouth for several reasons. Sugar in drinks and foods turns to acid which then eats away at the teeth. Children more commonly show cavities as their teeth are harder to brush.
Did you know that people who have cavities are likely to pass the cavity bacteria to unborn babies and infants? It is thus essential to ensure good hygiene and a balanced diet that does not exceed the child’s safe sugar intake. If you notice strange white or brown spots on your child’s teeth or if they were born early with a low weight, then their chances of having cavities is more than normal. For such cases it is always recommended to visit a dentist as often as possible to avoid further damage.
Use small amounts of fluoride
Fluoride is vital for your child’s dental health and hygiene. Not only does it reduce cavities in baby teeth and adult teeth, but it also helps prevent bad breath and tonsil stone formation. It hardens the tooth enamel, strengthening the teeth. Children usually get fluoride in drinking water as cities around the world add it to their tap water and even water filters used around the world do not remove the fluoride content from the water. However, you should make it a point to avoid ‘reverse osmosis’ water filters.
If your child has no intake of fluoride content from water, then you may need to give them oral fluoride supplement. Ask your dentist if you can avail this option and they might even give your child a fluoride varnish or cleaning on the teeth. Be careful however, as too much fluoride can cause tooth stains and harm your child’s overall health.