Establishing good habits from a young age can help to prevent issues like tooth decay.
There’s nothing quite like a child’s smile, and if you would like to help your little one to maintain theirs for life, there are a few things you can do. Establishing healthy habits from a young age goes a long way in keeping teeth and gums in good condition while making dental visits a fun routine can help to prevent serious oral health issues in the long-term. Read on for our tips on taking care of your children’s teeth, and how we can help…
Establish healthy habits
One of the best things you can do to maintain your child’s oral health is to establish healthy oral hygiene habits from a young age. To do so, set a good example by sticking to a good routine yourself — this means brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. Brush your child’s teeth from an early age, and when they are old enough, demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques to them.
It’s also advisable that you bring your child in for regular dental check-ups from a young age. This will help them to feel more comfortable with the experience and allow your dentist to identify any issues before they become serious. We recommend that you bring your little one in to see us as soon as their first tooth erupts, and ideally before the age of two years old.
Besides good oral hygiene habits and regular dental check-ups, it’s also a good idea to encourage your child to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Try and limit their consumption of sugary foods and drinks, as these can contribute to tooth decay; and make whole foods like fruits and vegetables easily available at home. Nutrition plays an important role in maintaining oral health, as well as overall physical health.
Prevent decay with sealants
Fissure sealants are very helpful in preventing tooth decay and are a great option for children. The sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars, which are hard to clean by brushing alone. The sealants protect the chewing surfaces of the teeth from plaque, food debris and bacteria that often contribute to tooth decay.
Fissure sealants can be applied as soon as your child’s permanent teeth come through. In most cases, the first set of permanent molars erupt at around the age of six years old, while the second set of permanent molars typically come through at around 12 years old.
Strengthen the teeth
You can help to maintain your child’s oral health by bringing them in for regular fluoride treatments. Fluoride treatments help to strengthen the enamel of the teeth, making them more resistant to the harmful effects of bacteria, plaque and acid.
The treatment itself is quick and painless — a fluoride gel, foam or varnish is simply applied to the teeth. Fluoride treatments are a great option for children who are at high risk of tooth decay as they remineralise the teeth and improve the overall condition of the enamel.
Although bringing your child in for dental check-ups from a young age can help make them feel comfortable with the experience, it is not unusual for children to feel anxious about undergoing treatment. Try and explain the importance of dental visits to your little one, and remember to stay calm.
If your child really won’t stay calm during dental treatment, your dentist may recommend sleep dentistry. Sleep dentistry involves the use of anaesthesia to induce sleep and reduce pain and awareness during a dental procedure. If your child needs to have a filling placed, for example and is anxious about the process, sleep dentistry might be a suitable option.
How can we help?
At Malo Dental, we love taking care of our youngest patients’ teeth and offer a range of children’s dentistry services. These include dental check-ups and cleans, fissure sealants, fluoride treatments and x-rays. We also offer sleep dentistry so if your child is particularly anxious about undergoing dental treatment, we can help them stay calm and safe throughout their procedure.
If you would like to find out more about our children’s dentistry services, please have a look here.
If you would like to read more about sleep dentistry for children and how it works, please have a look here.
To arrange a consultation, please get in touch with us here or give us a call on 07 5661 9024. Our team is passionate about providing compassionate care for children.