Your teeth are one of those body organs which you rely to work for you for an entire lifetime. So if you expect your pearly whites to last that long, you need to start taking care of them very early on. Needless to say, caring for your kids teeth is crucial to the state of their oral health by the time they hit adulthood. Family dentists are compiling a list of wise and practical pieces of advice for parents and their little brood in terms of taking care of the entire family’s dental health:
1. Help your kids to develop good dental hygiene habits early on.
According to dentists, almost half of the entire population of adolescents aged 12 to 15 have a history of cavities and tooth decay, and that is despite all the advancements in dentistry. This just goes to show that the habit of routinely brushing after every meal and flossing goes a very long way in the prevention of tooth decay and promotion of good oral health. And because toddlers are still very impressionable, you can help form their attitude with regards to dental hygiene while they are still young.
2. Consider getting sealants for your children.
Kids will be kids and even if they brush their teeth after each meal, chances are that they’re snacking on sweets in between which inevitably leads to cavities and tooth decay. Sealants are very thin plastic films which coat the chewing surfaces and back of teeth. Dentists suggest that children go through this sealing procedure when they get their permanent teeth, which is roughly around the age of six. Of course, this does not mean that your kids can now skip brushing their teeth but sealants provide an added layer of protection just in case brushing and flossing aren’t enough to keep your little one’s pearly ones pearly.
3. Use fluoride but don’t go overboard.
Fluoride is needed in the remineralization of tooth crystals. While it’s true that once you lose a permanent tooth, that’s pretty much it, but what we do not know is that our existing, natural teeth actually goes through a remineralization process which helps to reverse the entire process of cavity formations. This happens at a very slow manner and only when your mouth contains components which favour remineralization, and fluoride happens to be one of them.
On the flip side of the issue, too much fluoride in children who have yet to have their permanent teeth come in can also suffer from fluorosis, a condition wherein fluoride overexposure creates streaks on the teeth’s enamels. In severe cases, the damage could include development of ridges and grooves on the permanent teeth.
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