7 Way To Care For Your Child’s Teeth Everyday
As a parent, a good part of your time and energy is spent on ensuring the wellbeing of your child. This includes their, physical, mental and emotional well being right from early childhood days. Although a lot of young parents fail to realize it, children are very perspective and are fast learners when it comes to their daily routines. This is why it is important to instil good habits in them right from a very young age.
When it comes to dental care and hygiene, pediatric dentists in Dubai suggest young parents follow the 7-steps discussed below for good oral health. Apart from helping you take care of your child’s teeth right from the minute their first teeth appear, these steps will also help your child develop good habits when it comes to teeth and it’s long-time care.
The right time to brush
Dental care should start right from the day your baby’s first tooth erupts. Most parents tend to ignore dental care at this age, which leads to cavities and decay of the primary (milk) teeth. To prevent this, start brushing your child’s teeth from the age of 1 or 2. Use a child-size soft-bristled toothbrush with a small dab of toothpaste to clean your child’s teeth. Make sure to use a toothpaste that doesn’t have fluoride in it and is safe to swallow.
Your child might need help or supervision to brush their teeth until they are 7 or 8. Start using a larger toothbrush with a bit more toothpaste for better cleanliness. Teach them to use the brush correctly and spread the toothpaste all over their teeth. Ensure that your child has learned to spit out the toothpaste from the age of 2.
While pediatric dentists recommend using fluoride-free toothpaste in the early childhood days, it is quite important for your child’s dental health in the long run. Fluoride reduces cavities and makes the teeth stronger by hardening the tooth enamel. If your child is not receiving fluoride through his or her drinking water, consult with our pediatric dentists and opt for oral fluoride supplements. However, too much fluoride is also injurious to health, which is why you must follow all necessary precautions while giving the supplements to your child.
Watch the diet
Children generally have a liking towards sweets like candies, toffees and sugary drinks. Even so, uncontrolled consumption of sweets, sodas and such can lead to cavities and tooth decay in children. Make sure that your child eats these snacks within the limit and even so, make sure that he or she has brushed their teeth or rinse their mouth with water afterwards.
Sugar-free gums are safe to chew for older children as it strengthens their jaws, produces saliva and balances oral acid levels, reducing the chance for cavity formation.
Keep cavities away
Apart from avoiding sugary and acidic foods, regular brushing and flossing will help keep dental cavities in children. Unlike yours, your child’s teeth are primary teeth are smaller and therefore is harder to brush. Even so, ensure that their teeth are cleaned after every meal. Look for signs of decay like white spots or brown areas in their teeth. If you suspect cavity formation, visit our pediatric dentist without delay to receive proper treatment.
Make it fun
Children like to learn new things and enjoy doing them. So why not spark their interest by making dental care fun? For instance, let your child choose their toothbrush and toothpaste. By involving them in these simple decision-making tasks, you will find them intrigued to use the products. While brushing their teeth, try playing their favourite song for two minutes to keep time. You can also try putting a rewarding system in place like a sugar-free snack or star grading to keep your child looking forward to more.
Introduce mouth safety
As your child grows, he or she stays active all day. At the same time, they also get more prone to accidents, including chipped or broken teeth. If your child likes to run and play a lot or participates in any kind of sports, introduce him or her to custom-fit mouthguards to help protect their teeth.
Visit the dentist regularly
Right from the time of your child’s first birthday, he or she must be taken to a pediatric dentist regularly. Our pediatric dentists in Dubai suggest taking your child for dental checkups every 6 months to ensure that their teeth are in perfect condition. Visiting the dentist from a young age not only helps them get comfortable with the idea but also builds a habit which they will continue in the long run.
Follow these 7 steps regularly to ensure that your child’s dental health is well taken care of. Don’t forget to take your child to visit our pediatric dentist at MedDental Clinic today for a full oral checkup.