In children dentistry, tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases of children from 6 to 19 years old. Such fact is unfortunate considering that tooth decay is largely preventable with proper dental care among kids, which parents must encourage among their children by being role models themselves.
Here then are the top 5 dental care tips for kids that parents must adopt and what we recommend parents at our Blackburn Dental Clinic, Healthy Smiles.
Start Oral Care with the First Tooth
Parents should choose the best childrens dentist Melbourne clinic as soon as the first tooth grows out of his/her gums. Keep in mind that every toddler should have seen a dentist six months after his/her first tooth comes out or by the time he/she is a year old, whichever comes first. It also makes sense to have an emergency dentist on speed dial for any emergency with teeth.
According to practitioners of children dentistry like Healthy Smiles, baby teeth should be cleaned with a clean piece of cotton ball or cotton bud to prevent the accumulation of plaque. Too many toddlers suffer from tooth decay because of failure to adopt such a simple dental hygiene step.
When the child is in the toddler stage, brushing with a soft toothbrush and flossing the teeth are a must in proper dental care. Ask your childrens dentist Melbourne professional for the proper frequency, duration and technique in this regard since each child will have specific requirements.
Establish a Home Routine
As any practitioner of children dentistry will say, proper dental care for kids starts at home. Parents must be relatively strict about the routines related to brushing and flossing not only because their children’s health are their main responsibility but also because dental care for damaged teeth and/or diseased gums can be costly.
Here are a few tips:
• Implement a regular brushing and flossing schedule preferably after every meal although two times daily – after
breakfast and dinner – is sufficient for the purpose.
• Assist the children when brushing and flossing so as to guide them in the proper ways to do so.
• Motivate the kids to brush and floss by offering rewards like small stickers. This is also a strategy used by
practitioners of children dentistry in their clinics.
Encourage Healthy Eating Habits
Many cases of tooth decay are brought by unhealthy eating and drinking habits. Prevention being better than the cure, here are a few tips in this regard:
• Avoid putting down the child for a nap with his bottle of milk or juice. These sugary liquids provide food for
bacteria inside the mouth, thus, resulting in tooth decay-inducing acids. Water is a better option.
• Limit beverages in sippy cups. The sugary liquids in juice can result in decay on the back of the child’s front
• Ditch the pacifier for toddlers preferably by the age of 2. Long-term use can also lead to tooth decay.
Of course, encouraging kids to eat healthy food items like fruits and vegetables is the stable advice where
practitioners of children dentistry are concerned.
Beware of Certain Medicines
With kids being difficult patients when it comes to the administration of medicine, manufacturers of kids’ medicines usually place flavours, sugars and other additives in their products. When these substances stick on the teeth, the risk for tooth decay increases for obvious reasons. Also, the use of antibiotics can increase the risk for yeast infections in the mouth known as oral thrush.
The solution: Ask the practitioners of children dentistry – the dentist or dental hygienist, to be exact – about the frequency of brushing and flossing for your child.
Be a Role Model
This is a no-brainer. Practice what you preach and the kids will most likely follow your example. Brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis; get regular dental check-ups; and adopt healthy eating habits as well as healthy lifestyle habits affecting dental health (i.e., drinking soda and smoking cigarettes), all of which are essential to good dental health.
In the end, the benefits of being an active part of children dentistry as parents will benefit the kids and that’s always an important aspect of life.
To find out more about our children dentistry services, get in touch with us on 03 9877 2035.