Developing good oral hygiene is also the first line of defense against many common dental issues, such as plaque, gum disease and cavities. Studies show that dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in the U.S., and left untreated, may lead to pain and infection that cause problems with speaking, eating and overall health.
The good news is that cavities are almost completely preventable with regular visits to the pediatric dentist in Clermont and consistent dental care at home. Parents can help their children maintain healthy teeth and gums by encouraging the following habits:
- Begin good oral health habits as soon as your baby’s teeth are visible. Start by using a washcloth to gently clean your children’s teeth and gums.
- Teach your children to brush all surfaces of their teeth for two minutes, twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Assist your children until they are able to brush by themselves.
- Floss between your children’s teeth and along the gum line to remove trapped food and plaque that lead to gingivitis and decay.
- Make oral hygiene fun by letting your children choose their kid-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste in their favorite color, character, or flavor. Sing a song or play a video while brushing to make time pass quickly and to ensure your children are brushing for the full two minutes.
- Encourage your children to brush their teeth immediately after drinking juice or eating candy to prevent decay.
- Avoid giving children too many sugary foods and drinks, especially between meals, which promote decay and cause enamel damage.
- Increase water intake throughout the day to help neutralize the acids that cause cavities.
- Visit a friendly kid’s dentist every six month for checkup and cleaning in order prevent cavities and other dental problems.