Care of Your Child’s Teeth
Many people may not be aware that proper oral healthcare habits begin prior to when your child’s first tooth erupts. We ask that parents take the time to clean their child’s gums after feedings by swabbing with a damp, warm washcloth. When their first tooth arrives, you may start using a children’s toothbrush. Our pediatric dentist recommends using a toothbrush that has soft bristles and a small head, which you can normally find at a drugstore.
Good Diet = Healthy Teeth
With an excess of sugar-filled sodas and fruit drinks, unhealthy snacking and eating habits are a concern of many dentists and parents. A well-rounded diet not only keeps your children’s body sound, but also helps oral tissues to successfully resists infections. Gooey, sticky foods will stick to their dentition for longer, placing their oral health in danger. Without cleaning teeth in between, numerous snacking throughout the day is also detrimental in the long-term health of your child’s smile.
How Do I Prevent Cavities?
Oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing with fluoride toothpastes and snacking smartly will help immensely in preventing cavities in your child’s smile. Dental sealants and fluoride treatments are also proven to improve the longevity of protecting decay-prone areas in their teeth.
Xylitol – Reducing Cavities
Xylitol has been recognized by the AAPD, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the World Health Organization’s Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives to have a positive effect on the oral health of infants, children and adolescents. This natural sugar alcohol helps prevent cavities by inhibiting the growth of the bacteria, known as Streptococcus mutans, that causes cavities. In fact, extended use of xylitol changes the quality of the bacteria in the mouth to cause fewer decay-causing bacteria to survive on the tooth’s surface.
Beware of Sports Drinks
Sports drinks are popular and energizing. However, they are not particularly safe for children’s dentition. Because of their high content of sugar and acids, they are likely to erode even fluoride-rich enamel, which can lead to cavities.