5 Ways to Keep Your Child’s Teeth and Gums Healthy

5 Ways to Keep Your Child’s Teeth and Gums Healthy

Posted by SMILE MAKERS DENTAL CARE on Aug 28 2022, 04:33 AM

The most important thing you can do to help your child's teeth and gums stay healthy is to teach them good oral hygiene habits. This is particularly important to do at an early age. Children who develop these habits at a young age are more likely to continue good oral care throughout their lifetime.

The following tips will help your child maintain healthy teeth and gums:

  • Start early

It's best to begin cleaning your child's teeth before teeth even come in. As soon as the first tooth erupts, use a soft damp cloth or gauze to gently clean the teeth and gums. Once teeth begin to touch, floss your child's teeth every day.

  • Teach your child to brush and floss their teeth regularly

Children should brush their teeth twice a day – once in the morning and once before bed. This will keep their mouths clean, prevent cavities, and ensure that foods do not linger in their mouth overnight, which can cause decay. Before your child can brush and floss on their own, you'll have to help them. Good habits developed early can help your child develop lifelong oral health.

  • Limiting sugary foods and drinks

Limiting sugary foods and drinks can help prevent tooth decay and cavities. Have your child drink plenty of water during the day and limit their consumption of sugary beverages. Instead, have them drink water or milk.

  • Regular dentist visits

Your child should visit the dentist for the first time by the time they turn one year old. From there, they should get dental checkups every six months. Without regular dental visits, your child's teeth and gums may suffer from tooth decay, gum disease, and other serious conditions. Regular dental visits allow the dentist to spot and treat problems before they get worse.

  • Sealants for cavity prevention

In addition to providing your child with comprehensive exams, cleanings, and x-rays, the dentist can also apply dental sealants to your child's molars. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are painted onto your child's back teeth, which are the teeth that are most at risk for getting cavities. They protect your child's back teeth from plaque and acids that can eat away at the teeth and cause cavities.

Baby teeth matter

Maintaining healthy baby teeth is important for your child's future oral health care. Baby teeth hold space for permanent teeth that will eventually erupt. They also help your child learn to speak clearly, chew food correctly, and act as placeholders for permanent teeth. So, check your child's teeth regularly for signs of decay. If you notice any signs that your child may be at risk for tooth decay, talk to your child's pediatric dentist about what you can do to help avoid decay.

Visit Smile Makers Dental Care, 901 Sunvalley Blvd. Suite 240, Concord, CA 94520 for a professional dental checkup. Book an appointment online or call us at (925) 685-9339 for any questions or concerns related to bad breath. 

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