Healthy teeth lead to a healthy life!
Dental experts confirm that one out of 10 toddlers is already suffering from one or more than one cavities. In fact, at the age of three and five, 28% of children complain about shooting pains in their gums. This number is increasing day by day.
Parents often believe that cavities in their toddler’s teeth don’t matter as children lose their teeth while growing up. It’s a myth! According to pedodontists, early tooth decay in toddlers, from age 0-5, can cause permanent damage to their teeth.
So, what to do? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here are some tips to follow if you want your child to have healthy teeth.
- Practice Oral hygiene right from the beginning
Did you know that your infant is born with teeth? Yes, you read that right- you just can’t see them because they are hidden in the gums. However, teething starts when your baby is around six months of age. It is better to start your child’s oral hygiene before your baby gets its first tooth.
After feeding, you should wipe your baby’s gums. It helps in removing the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Use fluoride toothpaste to brush their teeth once the teething starts. Always use a soft-bristle toothbrush for a better experience.
Also, take the feeding bottle away after your baby finishes drinking. It helps in preventing “baby bottle tooth decay.” It is caused when babies drink formula or juice from bottles and fall asleep after they are done.
- Encourage good dental habits in your toddler.
Of course, you cannot brush your child’s teeth for the rest of their lives. Once they turn 3 or 4, teach them how to brush properly and tell them why it is important to brush twice a day. Once your child starts practicing dental hygiene, 60% of your work is already done. It is better to supervise whenever they are brushing their teeth.
The dental experts at Notfall Zahnarzt advise parents to ask their children to pay attention to all the molars and canines properly to remove plaque and the food particles stuck between the teeth and along the gumline. It is one of the best self-defense against cavities and developing gum diseases.
- Check your child’s sugar intake.
Besides following a regular dental routine, your child’s diet will always take a front seat in dental health, especially sugary sweets and drinks.
Frequent intake of sticky caramel, toffees, chewing gums, and dried fruits can cause severe cavities. Dentists advise kids to brush their teeth after eating any sugary food items. It helps in avoiding the prolonged exposure of caramel or sugar on the teeth and gums.
It is important to set regular appointments with a pedodontist to keep a close check on your child’s dental health. In fact, you must schedule mandatory dental appointments for your kid after festivities or celebrations to cope with high sugar intake.
Keeping any cavity untreated might turn into something excruciating for your child. It’s better to be safe than sorry!