Here are some tips to keep in mind during your child’s early years. We see Dallas and Plano Children of all ages at Preston Family Dentistry and always want to help set them on the right road to a healthy smile.
When to to have that first Dental Check Up? : It is highly recommended to bring your child in for their first dental check up before their very first birthday. The original Baby teeth serve very important purposes such as helping the child to speak properly, and to chew correctly. The Baby teeth are also there to hold a place for permanent teeth so they come in easier. One of the very best way to keep your child’s teeth healthy will be regular dental check ups.
Don’t let children brush their own teeth until around the ages of 7 to 9 — or until they’re able to tie their shoes or cut their meat on their plates.
Curb thumb-sucking by approximately age 5 to prevent developmental abnormalities.
Use Fluoride: When used on a regular basis, fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay in older kids. Fluoride also helps in developing strong teeth in younger children. Many parents may not be aware that most bottled water does not contain fluoride. The American Dental Association continues to endorse fluoridation of community water supplies as safe and effective for preventing tooth decay.
Eat Healthy: A healthy and balanced diet is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Foods containing carbohydrates and sugars come in contact with the germs and bacteria in our mouth that cause plaque. Snacks should be limited to help prevent cavities.
Let older children chew sugar-free gum. Gum increases the flow of saliva in the mouth and helps neutralize acids on the teeth. Further, studies have suggested that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after meals can help prevent tooth decay. The ADA recommends gum containing xylitol, a naturally occurring sugar substitute, as well as gum that has the ADA seal of approval. (NOTE: Chewing gum is considered a serious choking hazard for young children.)