Currently, tooth decay is undoubtedly one of the most common diseases among children globally. It is therefore important for parents to be on the lookout and find a preventive solution to this problem as opposed to waiting for it to persist.
In as much as majority of parents are aware of general pediatric best practices that ensure the good overall health of their children, dental hygiene somehow flies under the radar thus leading to poor oral health of the children.
Here is how as a parent you can prevent tooth decay in your children.
Start making routine visits to the dentist
Just like adults, children also need regular dental check-ups. As a recommendation, dental health experts will require you to take your child to have their teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year. This is a routine that should start very early, preferably as soon as their first birthday. The earlier you start, the earlier you can identify a good dentist who for you and your family.
You need to avoid sharing of spoons
Tooth decay is mostly caused by cavity-causing bacteria which accumulate in the mouth. This actually happens to children even before they develop teeth. It is therefore important for you to be aware that you can actually introduce bacteria to your child’s mouth from your own saliva. This mostly happens when you feed them with the same spoon that has been in your mouth. It’s actually a common practice for parents to insert a spoon in their own mouths as a way of motivating their children to eat. Be cautious about this practice.
You need to ensure you are using the right toothpaste
There is always a recommendation for parents to use non-fluoridated toothpaste on their children. This is however not necessary instead, parents are actually encouraged to use fluoride toothpaste the moment their child grows the first tooth. This is primarily because fluoride toothpastes usually help in adding minerals in areas of the tooth that may have been weakened and made susceptible to cavity-causing bacteria.
Start brushing their teeth early
The moment your child grows their first tooth, you need to start brushing it. There are tooth brushes available for children, usually with soft bristles. Just as with grownups, ensure to brush twice a day for at least two minutes to allow you to clean all the sections of the tooth or teeth.
Check on the snacks
The fact that bacteria feeds on sugar cannot be overemphasized especially when it comes to the dental health of children. Therefore it is recommended for parents to reduce the sugar intake of their children in order to protect them from cavity causing bacteria and safeguard their oral health. It is important to go for fresh fruits and probably nuts and limit the biscuits and doughnuts.
There you go. We trust that you are now equipped to take better care of your child’s teeth for the benefit of their oral health.