Child's First Dental Visit
Your child's first visit to the dentist should be around 2 years old, so we can recognize oral patterns early i.e. thumb sucking, mouth breathing, incorrect swallowing, tongue thrusts etc. By identifying and correcting these early, we can develop the jaw and muscles properly, so the need for braces in teenage years is significantly reduced.
It is also a good idea to bring your child with you (from age 1) for your routine active care (check-up) appointments when you are not having any dental work done. This introduces them to the idea of the dentist and makes them familiar and more comfortable when it is their turn.
Cleaning Kids Teeth
This can be a difficult task especially with non-compliant children. The following tips may help win the battle of the toothbrush.
- Make it fun by introducing a sticker chart if your child brushes or lets you brush their teeth then they can add a sticker to their chart..
- Invest in an electric toothbrush which not only makes brushing fun, it cleans better than a manual toothbrush once you are in their mouth.
- Introduce an egg-timer to time the 2 minutes it takes to clean your teeth.
- BABIES – It is important for babies to have their gums wiped with a soft gauze cloth after milk feeds. Milk contains a sugary substance which can cause tooth decay if the teeth are bathed in the milk for an extended period of time. DO NOT put your baby to sleep sucking on a bottle.
The most important time of day to brush childrens teeth is at night. Obviously twice a day is ideal but if the battle is unbearable, the night time routine is the most important.
VERY IMPORTANT – use a childrens toothpaste with low fluoride. ONLY use a pea size amount of toothpaste and spit it out – don’t allow your child to swallow the toothpaste.
It is good to reinforce great eating habits early and at LaserKids Dental we help develop good habits for life. Here are some tips to help with a good start;
- Keep snacks to a minimum and sugar free is ideal (i.e. fresh fruit). Your mouth takes about 40 minutes to get to a neutral buffer (Ph level) after a sugar hit. If your mouth is exposed to sugary or acidic water or food for a prolonged period of time, this causes tooth decay or enamel erosion. Sipping on juice or milk or any of the new active waters will cause tooth erosion and lead to tooth decay.
- Snacks such as dried fruit and jellied fruit is loaded with sugar and is not classified as a healthy option for snacking.
- It is better for your teeth to eat sweets all in one go and then drink water – not eat them over a 3 hour period as this doesn’t allow your mouth to get back to it’s netural buffer zone.
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