Childhood cavities are a large problem, more than half of American children have cavities by the time they reach the second grade. A big component of the problem is that cavities in young children are frequently overlooked because their teeth are temporary after all. But ignoring cavities in temporary teeth can lead to lifelong complications in oral health. Here are some tips on how to prevent your child from developing cavities.
Proper Bottle Feeding
Only put breast milk, formula, or water in a baby bottle. Never put sugary drinks like juice or soda in a baby bottle. Children should be not be given sugary drinks until they’re at least a year old and then sugary drinks should be limited to juice at snack time. Never let your child sleep with a bottle filled with anything but water. Milk is generally good for teeth, but prolonged exposure can cause damage.
Even before your child begins teething, you should be regularly cleaning their gums with a soft washcloth or gauze. Once your child’s first tooth erupts, it’s time for both brushing to begin and for you to bring your little one into the dentist for the first time. If you haven’t already done so, one year or first tooth is the general consensus for the first dental visit. You should be brushing your child’s teeth for the first few years and then monitoring their brushing habits until they’re about 10 years old.
Once your child is about 2 years old, it’s a good idea to start using a fluoride toothpaste. If you live in a place where the water is not fluoridated, talk to your pediatric dentist about whether your child needs supplements. Fluoride helps to strengthen tooth enamel, preventing cavities. It’s also important not to overdo exposure to fluoride since it can cause tooth discoloration.
We all deserve a treat every now and then, but moderation is key. Small children are often allowed to snack away on sugary snacks and drinks because many parents don’t understand the importance of good oral health in children. Some adults even lack the understanding of the importance of overall oral health and those complications with oral health can sometimes lead to serious health conditions. Children can have candy, sugary snacks, soda, and juice, but only in extreme moderation. Overexposing your child to sugary foods will also make it harder to get them to eat healthy as they get older.
Avoiding some common pitfalls and following some simple guidelines can help to set your child on a lifelong path of good oral health and avoid causing lasting damage. Make brushing time fun time with the Kangaroo Oral Care toothbrush. Designed to deliver the perfect amount of toothpaste every time, Kangaroo Oral Care has a built-in toothpaste dispenser, as well as an LED timer to let your kids know exactly when their two minutes of brushing time is up.