Dentistry for Children: Everything a Mom and Dad Need to Know
Welcome parents! In this section you will find helpful information to protect your child’s oral health, from the prenatal stage through their own self-care practices. So, sink your teeth into some useful information, and remember that good dental habits make for beautiful, healthy (less expensive) teeth.
While you’re taking prenatal vitamins and picking out clothes for your newborn, it’s important to consider their oral health as well. Many parents may not realize that their child’s teeth actually begin forming while in the womb. Therefore, what you eat and drink has a direct impact on the formation of your baby’s teeth as well. Vitamin D, calcium and leafy green vegetables are all essential elements in giving your child healthy, beautiful teeth.
During the toddler stage, it is important to introduce your child to the habit of toothbrushing. This can be accomplished by using either a toothbrush with no toothpaste, or a “practice” toothpaste which does not contain fluoride and is safe if accidentally swallowed. Proper gargling and rinsing techniques should also be taught, so your child will understand that toothpaste, while great for teeth, should not be swallowed.
More and more research shows that topical fluoride use assists in protecting the teeth by preventing acids, sugars and starches from demineralizing the enamel. Tooth decay only occurs when the enamel has been compromised. Fluoride toothpaste is always recommended in the prevention of tooth decay.
Your Teeth Know What to Eat
Did you know that snack foods such as crackers, soft drinks and candy could be harming your child’s teeth? It’s true, these sugars and starches attach to your child’s teeth and have the ability to harm the enamel through demineralization. But, healthy, natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables are typically digested before they have the chance to convert into the form that is harmful to your child’s enamel. Brushing after every meal is also a great habit to teach your child.
Visit the Dentist
It’s important to teach your child from an early age that going to the dentist doesn’t have to be a scary experience and can actually be quite fun. Your dentist can diagnose problem areas in your child’s brushing technique as well as offer preventive dentistry in the form of sealants and cleanings. If you haven’t had your child in for a dental cleaning or consultation, please give us a call today!