Caring for your child’s oral health
Your child’s oral health is important, get them off to the best start in life by taking the correct care of their teeth and gums
When it comes to caring for your child’s oral health, there is no better time to start than with their primary teeth or baby teeth. Maintaining a good oral health care routine, partnered with regular visits to a child-friendly dentist will ensure you discourage the occurrence of decay and other dental disease which can translate into future oral health issues.
Good oral hygiene for your children
Whether you are nursing your child or bottle feeding, you should be implementing a dental hygiene routine sooner rather than later. Good oral hygiene should start from infancy. Before your child’s teeth erupt you should start by wiping down their gums with a wet, soft washcloth, this will keep the gums clean and free of any bacteria. Once their teeth begin to come through it is vital they are kept as clean as possible to avoid any health issues. Investing in the correct tools for your child’s oral health routine is important. Purchase a child’s tooth brush, these have a smaller head and softer bristles which a perfect for caring for your child’s teeth.
Having your child visit the dentist from around the age of one or two years of age, will help to develop a good attitude towards dental care, the younger the better. It is important you encourage your child to keep a positive attitude towards dental care when they are of a young age. Having your child visit a children’s dentist will ensure your child’s teeth are kept healthy; their dentist will remove any build-up of plaque and food which has become lodged in teeth. This is important to their oral health as the dentist will remove any harmful bacteria which can have effect on their oral health in the future.
Oral health care tips
During your child’s first visit to the dentist, we will provide you with some expert advice on the correct care for your child’s teeth at home. Some of the tips we will provide you with include, the right method for brushing and flossing as well as any specific information which may be related to your child’s current oral health.
Our child-friendly dentist will also discuss with you the importance of good eating habits for your child and the affects that poor diet can have on their oral health. They will also discuss what you as a parent can do to help protect your child’s teeth and gums. A healthy diet can play a large role in the oral health of your child maintaining good dental hygiene. You should ensure that your child eats foods which are rich in sugar and starch only in moderation. Additionally, a child should never go to sleep whilst nursing or with a bottle of milk or juice.
A child’s primary teeth are vital to maintaining a good base for future oral health, they need to be cared for correctly. Children’s dentistry can provide parents with a guide to good oral health for their child, ensuring their continued dental hygiene as they mature. To learn more about children’s dentistry or to book an appointment with one of our dentists, contact us today.