It is your job to take care of your child’s teeth. This job starts as soon as your baby was born. Even if their baby teeth will fall and change, if the primary teeth are unhealthy they could transmit this unhealthiness to the permanent teeth. This could result in significant dental problems throughout your child’s life and could even mean them losing all their teeth by the time they turn 50. In this article, you will learn about the importance of children dental care and how you can help your child have a beautiful smile.
You should start as early as possible
Even if your child is not showing their first tooth, you should still wipe their gums with a clean damp gauze, infant gum massager or a washcloth. When your child’s teeth start to show, brush their teeth twice a day with an extra-soft bristled toothbrush and water. Underneath the primary teeth, the roots of the adult teeth are growing healthy into place.
Researchers have determined that children who have cavities while they still have their baby teeth can suffer from cavities as an adult. That is why you should take your child periodically to a dentist. It is crucial to keep your child’s teeth clean (baby and permanent). Once their permanent teeth start to show, dental cleaning becomes a priority because permanent teeth should last a lifetime.
Sometimes, cleaning is not enough
A child can suffer from the same tooth damage and issues an adult may experience. That is why you should avoid giving your child products that have high doses of sugar or that are too acidic. Aside from the harmful effects sugar has on the organism (obesity and diabetes), it also feeds the bacteria that live in the mouth. The bacteria raise the acidity in the mouth which will destroy the outer coating of the teeth, making them more susceptible to dental decay and cavities. Acidic foods and beverages, sticky acidic foods and sodas erode the teeth badly, increasing the tooth sensitivity against cavities exponentially.
Instead of sugary, acidic drinks, you should give them water. It is not only healthier and helps the body system to work properly, but it also lowers the acidity in the mouth. Water also increases the saliva flow, which keeps the bacteria levels in check, reduces the acidity and helps remineralize the enamel layer of their teeth (tooth’s outer protective coating).
Teach your child that brushing can be fun
If you will force your child to brush their teeth, they will resent it and will not do it when you are not around (even when they are older). Instead of doing that, you should start teaching your child to brush their teeth on their own, at the same time you clean yours. By setting an example, you will transmit this good habit naturally and permanently.
Furthermore, today there are a lot of dental products that are designed especially for children, like toothpaste with bubble-gum taste, toothbrushes with funny colours, superheroes and cartoon characters. You can purchase such products to help your child create a daily habit of brushing their teeth twice a day.
Take care of your child’s teeth and later teach them to take care of them on their own.