Dental Care for Kids: Tips and Hints for Healthy Smiles
- Healthy Eating - To reduce te risk of tooth decay it is important to reduce the amount and frequency of dietry sugar and acid.
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- Healthy Drinks - Plain tap water and plain milk are the drinks for healthy teeth. Most Fruit Juice and all sports drinks have high amounts of sugar and acid. Acidic drinks are very destructive on tooth enamel. The regular intake of acids dissolved the harder tooth enamel and exposes the living part of the tooth (dentine). Exposed dentine is sensitive and prone to further decay.
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- Brush Twice a Day - Brushing twice a day or after eating with a soft, small head hand brush or Child Electric toothbrush. Only small amounts of toothpaste are required. Parents of small children are advised to assist their children clean their teeth. The teeth naturally have small grooves and these fissures tend to hold food particles. Brushing along the top surface of the teeth will clean these fissures. Children will require assistance with cleaning until about age 8.
- Flossing between teeth is recommended to remove food and dental plaque between teeth. Generally the first teeth have space between teeth for easy flossing. Early flossing is suggested to establish the routine of flossing that children can take into their teens and adulthood.
- Custom Mouth Guards - It is highly recommened that children playing contact sports wear custom mouthguards when they practise or play contact sport. Custom mouthguards protect teeth and jaws. These injuries are traumatic for the child and treatment can be lengthy and costly. Prevention is the cure.
- Regular Visits to Your Dentist - It is recommended that child visit their dentsit on a regular basis. Your dentist will suggest the timing of examinations according to your childs oral hygiene.
- Be Aware of Tooth Crowding - Early intervention of crowded or misaligned teeth can minimise the need for future orthodontic treatment. Crowded teeth tend to collect food and dental plaque and are more difficult to clean so special attention should be paid to cleaning.