Pediatric Dentist in San Gabriel Offers 5 Practical Oral Care Tips For Kids
Raising a child presents some significant challenges, and as parents, we want to support our children in every way possible. One of the most important ways to support them is to help them be healthy.
Nowadays we see many kids who are overweight due to lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet. As a parent, you must pay attention to what your kids eat, how often they exercise or play outside, their sleeping pattern and how they handle illness, which can be quite a lot. Often you can forget to think about the dental and oral care, only to be reminded when a toothache or pain comes up.
We know paying attention to all the above (and much more!) can be hard, so we have compiled a list of practical tips to help you out with oral care for kids.
Once a habit is formed, it is hard to lose. So, it is best to make it a habit for your kid to brush twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. Show where to brush, how long and how strong to brush and which toothpaste to use. Forming habits for kids is easier when it’s fun, so make up a song, a dance, or a game in which they address each part of the mouth. You’ll see this helps tremendously.
Although the first set of teeth is lost and replaced by actual ‘grown-up’ teeth, this does not mean they are unimportant. Juvenile teeth play a big role in how the jaw and teeth will come together later on so make sure you brush them regularly and with care.
Consuming sugary drinks before bedtime has a negative impact on both your tooth enamel and your quality of sleep. A bad sleeping pattern not only affects your mood, which can affect socializing activities, it also makes you crave sugar even more and thus forms a vicious circle of eating more sugar and being sleepier, none of which are good for dental health.
A healthy diet goes hand in hand with minimal sugar and sweets. Rather than giving in to the nagging of your kids about the newest sweet or fruit drink, feed them real fruit and unprocessed whole foods. Make sure there’s a variety of vegetables, fruits, and meat in your toddler’s diet to prevent the sugars corroding the tooth enamel and leading to cavities and aches.
This one may be obvious but is still often ignored. With regular check-ups, specialists can track progress or decay and see changes which you might not have noticed as a parent. The dentist can advise on what to pay attention to and help prevent bad habits such as an unhealthy diet or thumb sucking.
These are just 5 of the most useful tips for taking great care of your child’s teeth.
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