Helping to keep your children’s teeth strong, healthy and pain free.
Some of us may have suffered from dental problems when we were children. This may well have entailed a number of visits to our local dental practice and some, perhaps, unpleasant memories.
Whilst this may not have been a very nice experience for us, it does mean that, as parents, we are probably extra determined to ensure that our own children don’t have to go through the same thing.
Although young children can be quite wilful, parents are, by and large, in control of what they can and can’t do. This puts us in an excellent position to help them keep their teeth nice and healthy. With this in mind, the team at The Dental Centre Bedford offer some useful tips for parents with young children.
Baby teeth care
There may be some parents who consider baby teeth to be relatively unimportant as they will eventually be replaced by adult teeth. This is a mistake though, and, in addition to not wishing your child to have toothache and be in pain, keeping their baby teeth is important too. These first teeth act as ‘placeholders’ for the adult teeth, and their premature loss can affect how the adult teeth come through and may well lead to bite problems in later life. Make sure that you help them to look after their first teeth, as well as when the adult teeth finally erupt.
Use fluoride toothpaste
It is important to use a fluoride toothpaste both for our own and our children’s teeth. Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel of our teeth and consequently helps to protect them from issues such as tooth decay. You should use a pea-sized quantity of toothpaste on the brush and make sure to keep the tube out of reach of inquisitive little hands. Some children will quite happily eat toothpaste from the tube if allowed. This could be potentially harmful and should be avoided at all costs.
Depending on the age of the child, you should either brush their teeth for them, or, if they are old enough to be encouraged to do this themselves, you should make sure that you supervise them whilst they do it. This will ensure that they do brush their teeth well and not simply suck on the brush as some young children are inclined to do.
Avoid sugary drinks, especially at bedtime