5 Ways To Save Your Child’s Teeth From Dental Cavities This Christmas
Christmas is a time of family, festivities and food. Lots of food. Specifically of the sweeter kind. And where there are desserts, kids are bound to be nearby. Unfortunately, these trifles, pies and puddings in abundance are many times future cavities in the making.
So let’s get you sorted on how to prevent this unfortunate scenario from occurring. Pediatric dentists in Dubai offer the following five tips:
Keep Calm And Brush
Pediatric dentists advise brushing with fluoride at least two times a day. Teach your kids from early on to spit out rather than swallow the toothpaste so they don’t ingest more than the required amount. If they do, their permanent teeth may end up with white lines or flecks but don’t take too much stress over this because they will be barely discernible, except by dental professionals. Enough emphasis cannot be placed on how important regular brushing is to maintain healthy teeth. Parent supervision is encouraged during brushing sessions to ensure efficient cleaning, at least until kids are 7-8 years old. Even when they are older, tell your children that they need to brush for the entire 2 minutes for proper cleanliness.
Floss Like A Boss
No, we are not talking about the dance move although it wouldn’t hurt to know that as well. It is recommended that kids begin flossing as soon as they have two teeth that touch one another. Of course in the beginning, parents should be the one flossing their little one’s teeth and continue to do so until they are able to do it on their own, which is usually at age 7 or 8. Do help them understand that because a brush cannot reach the crevices between the teeth, it is important for floss to remove the necessary dental plaque trapped in there so the gum line and the sides of each tooth remain clean.
Seal The Deal
Talk to your kids’ pediatric dentists about the possibility of dental sealants, a thin coating that is painted on the teeth to prevent cavities. If cared for with regular dental visits and good oral hygiene, sealants can be retained in the mouth for years. The downside is that they have to be reapplied if they fall out, chip or wear away.
Watch That Sugar
Note, we did not say avoid sugar because that is highly improbable when it comes to advising kids. So, what’s the secret to being able to enjoy the sweet things in life and refrain from tooth decay? Constant eating is a danger to enamel health so be sure to indulge in sugar at regular meals not in between them. Not every sugar is the same so be sure to avoid the ones that are super sticky or dissolve slowly which lead to long term exposure to bacteria in the mouth. Hydrate throughout the day.
The Dentist Is Your Friend
The rule of thumb is that kids should be introduced to a pediatric dentist by their first birthday. After that, bi-annual visits are encouraged to ensure kids are practicing proper brushing techniques and maintaining good oral hygiene in general.
Let’s rewind. After you eat, the bacteria in your kids’ mouths get to work forming sticky plaque and causing the sugars in the food to result in acid as a byproduct. Once here, the sticky plaque and acid form an intense vendetta against your children’s teeth, initially attacking tooth enamel and eventually leading to cavities. If your kids don’t already make regular dental visits, make an appointment with one of our qualified pediatric dentists at Dome MedDental Clinic DMCC to ensure they follow a healthy oral regimen.