As parents, we always want to see our children smile. But what if our children’s beautiful smiles were to fall dull?
Did you know about 20% of the children between ages 5–11 have at least one untreated decayed tooth? Moreover, according to a report published by the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention, 45.8% of the youth have treated or untreated cavities.
Dental cavities are one of the most common oral diseases in children. Not only do they cause pain and infections but also hinder your child’s learning, eating and playing habits. The good news is they can be prevented!
Here’s what you can do to make sure your baby’s pearly whites stay sparkling.
Start Caring Right Away!
Parents should start cleaning their infants’ mouths even before their teeth start coming in. You can use soft dental wipes or a warm wet washcloth to clean up excess food after feeding.
Introduce a Toothbrush
As soon as your child’s teeth start coming in, get them a soft-bristled toothbrush. Baby teeth preserve the gum space for permanent teeth, so they’re just as important. To make sure they’re taken care of properly, help your child brush, spit and rinse.
Control Sugar Intake
Your child’s diet is essential in determining their oral health. Eating a lot of sugar can lead to cavities. Limit of the amount of sweets and soft drinks your child consumes. Ensure that they brush their teeth after eating something sweet.
The Proper Technique
The ADA recommends brushing at a 45 degree angle by gently moving the brush back and forth in short strokes. Teach your kids the right way to brush their teeth to prevent oral health issues.
Don’t Shy Away From Fluoride
Fluoride is important for young children as it strengthens the tooth enamel. Make sure your child above 6 years, is using a Fluoride tooth paste. For children younger than 2, CDC recommends not to use fluoride toothpaste unless your dentist tells you to.
Alongside brushing, flossing once a day is important for good oral health. It ensures that any residual pieces of food are gotten rid of and not left to decay.
If your child plays a physical sport, make sure they wear a mouth guard. This’ll protect them from getting their teeth damaged in case of an injury.
Watch Out For Cavities
You should always be on a look out for cavities. Avoid actions that can cause the growth of bacteria, such as putting your baby to bed with a bottle in their mouth.
Set Up a Routine
Having a scheduled brushing time will develop the habit in your children. Set up a routine to brush and floss before bed and in the morning. Join them in while brushing and turn it into a fun family activity that your children look forward to!
Visit a Dentist Regularly
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends visiting a dentist before your child’s 1st birthday. Getting a dental exam early prevents oral issues in the future.
You can get all your questions answered, regarding your child’s oral health by Dr. Huh at Rapha Dental LLC. Based in Cinnaminson NJ Pediatrics services are offered in a warm and welcoming environment. Reach out to us now and keep a healthy and beautiful smile on your child’s face.