Ways to help your kids have healthy teeth and gums
Posted on 1/15/2024 by Alexandra Garcia DDS MS
Children are lovers of sweet foods, candy, and snacks, name them all. This makes it hard for parents to make a decision when it comes to taking care of their children's teeth. Babies and infants require dental care as early as the first tooth starts erupting. Therefore, the way you start your child's dental journey will set a foundation for children at an early age. This can ensure the most beautiful smiles for your kids for a lifetime. Here are some ways parents might follow to ensure this.
Avoid putting the child to be with a juice
Juice and sugar water can lead to dental decay. This is because the liquid sits on the teeth overnight and the sugary substance can cause harm to the child's teeth. After brushing their teeth, you should avoid feeding the kids anything else that is not water.
Take your child to the dentist
As early as when the first tooth appears, the child should already be familiar with the dentist. This is as early as 6 months to allow the dentist to plan preventive care that ensures the teeth erupt as expected and they also answer any underlying question about the child's diet and other factors that impact the child's oral health.
Brush your teeth in front of them
Monkey see, monkey do! You have come across this saying. The same case applies to children. Children do what they see interestingly, parents are their role models. Therefore, what you do is what they will do. When they are of age, show them how to brush every part of their mouth including their tongue. Ensure that they use a brush with soft bristles, this is to minimize harm to the young one's soft mouth tissues.
Junk foods, soda, gummies, and sports drinks are loaded with sugar. This sugar content gets stuck on the infant's teeth and can house bacteria. If you cannot eliminate it, limit the amount of sugar and candy the child takes especially during the daytime. At this time, the mouth produces more saliva that might help wash away the sugar content.
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