We can provide a kid's dental cleaning that helps your child to have healthy and beautiful teeth. When parents ask us if this is really necessary, we respond with a simple question, how good are your children at brushing and flossing? Most parents answer rather sheepishly that they either do not know or that their…
A Guide to Kids’ Routine Dental Care
Routine dental care for kids holds the same importance as their general health and wellbeing. Knowing the value of caring for your children’s teeth, from their baby teeth to their permanent set, is the first important step. Sadly, many parents still do not understand that kids' routine dental care should start as soon as their first tooth emerges as an infant.
Parents should understand that timely care is important for their child’s oral health. In most children, the first set of baby teeth, also known as deciduous teeth, will emerge when the child is between four to six months old. From that moment forward, regular oral care and routine dental visits play a vital role in the child’s oral health.
Cavities in children
Although cases of dental decay have declined over the years, there has been a surge in dental illnesses in children in recent times. Dental health for children is profoundly affected by income and access to dental care. Parents need to be educated and given resources on the need to get dental care for their child’s oral health.
The American Dental Association (ADA) defines early childhood caries (ECC) as the occurrence of one or multiple decayed or missing teeth, or tooth fillings in a baby or primary tooth. The ADA notes that ECC is a noteworthy general health problem in certain populations, including the USA. Dental caries is infectious and can be curbed through preventative care.
Preventing childhood cavities
Parents should take their child to the pediatric dentist within six months of the first tooth emerging. Usually, this visit is achievable when the mother holds the child in her lap while the pediatric dentist examines the child. The dental expert will check the child’s oral cavity for signs of decay and abnormalities.
The dentist will also advise the parents on how to properly care for the child’s teeth to reduce bacteria occurrence in the mouth. Parents will also learn that cleaning the child’s teeth is as simple as using a clean washcloth or getting a toothbrush designed specifically for infants.
When it comes to feeding, reducing the consumption of fermentable carbohydrates (including juice and milk) will be beneficial to the child’s teeth. The regular intake of these sugary drinks is responsible for cavities and consumption should be monitored closely, particularly in cups and bottles given at bedtime.
Treatments and recommendations
As the child develops, a professional dentist will suggest proper treatments and habits for preventing tooth loss, dental decay, and gingivitis (early stage of gum disease). Routine visits to the dentist will involve an examination, deep cleaning, proper guidance on brushing and flossing, fluoride treatments and sealants for permanent molars.
Although fluoride is important for preventing cavities, it should be administered based on age to limit overexposure. The dentist will also suggest proper nutrition for dental and general wellbeing, and probably recommend mouthguards to protect the child’s teeth when they start participating in sports.
Parents as role models
Parents have an important role to play in their child’s dental health. They have to ensure their children practice proper oral health habits at home. The greatest aspect of learning for the child comes from watching their parents' personal habits.
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