Have you or anyone you know ever had a cavity? How would you describe the feeling of getting it filled? Not the most pleasant experience of your life is it? Is that something you want your child to go through? If not, then take a look at some of these tips to keep your child’s smile looking clean, healthy, and cavityless.
- Condition for healthy routines: Habits, both good and bad, are the foundation of our lives. That’s why, as a parent, it’s your job to instill the good ones onto your kids while helping them to get rid of the bad ones. If you can get them routinely brushing their teeth after every meal, to the point that it is second nature to them, you will be saving them a lot of trouble later in life. Those habits start at infancy. As soon as your child has teeth, you should be brushing at least twice a day, preferably three times, with an infant toothbrush and flossing if possible. (And make sure they clean their gums too)
- Keep sugar intake to a minimum: There are ways to minimize the amount of sugar your children consume without making them miserable. They are going to get their hands on some candy no matter what you do. But you don’t have to be an enabler. If you lessen the amount of juice they drink and can replace it with water, especially at a young age, then they will not form bad habits that will follow them into their adolescent and adult years.
- Get them off the bottle/sippy cup/pacifier as soon as possible: All three of these things are necessary parts of growing up. But, all three can create decay when used in excess. One particular point of concern is the transition from bottle to sippy cup. At this age, kids will still be very accustomed to having something to chew on, but this is the very time when you should be aiming to get them to break that habit.
- Go to the dentist!: It doesn’t matter how well you or your child take care of your child’s teeth. Check-ups are a must no matter what. The first appointment should be made by your child’s first birthday. Two appointments a year will allow necessary preventative measures to be taken early, so that your child doesn’t have any pain or discomfort later due to neglect. For more information on how to keep your child’s teeth clean, check out WebMD’s 8 Ways to Protect Your Child’s Teeth.
Are you looking for a dentist for kids in Allendale? Look no further. Pediatric Dental Associates has you covered. And if your child is 2 years old or younger, he or she will receive a full dental examination completely free of charge. Give them a call at 201-652-7020 or feel free to email them and they will get back to your promptly.