Your child’s oral health care is vital to a happy and healthy childhood, which is why parents should do everything they can to ensure unexpected trips to the dentist don’t pop up. The dentist can be stressful enough for children so making preventing any unnecessary major procedures is really important. There are a number of things that parents can do to make sure these risks are as low as possible and they should be taken seriously all year round.
Monitor their Diet
Its important to keep an eye on your child’s diet in general but obviously when it comes to oral health their sugar intake is very important. Make sure you keep an eye on the amount of sweets and sugary food your child eats, especially around holiday periods such as Christmas, Easter and Halloween, the last thing you want to be doing around Christmas is taking them to the dentist for a painful tooth removal or filling. Be aware that it’s not always the most obvious foods that contain high amounts of sugar, things that you’d expect to be healthy such as juices and some fruits can actually be very sugary and bad for your teeth if not consumed in moderation. Fizzy drinks should be avoided as they generally contain large amounts of sugar and the carbonation causes them to become acidic and this can damage the enamel of your child’s teeth. A healthy diet is the first step to good oral health.
Make Sure They Brush Their Teeth
Children should brush their teeth regularly, especially at a young age as it is the best time to instill good oral hygiene habits into your child and this way they can benefit from this routine for the rest of their lives. It is easy for children to forget to brush their teeth or not want to, so it is important for parents to keep an eye on their children and ensure that they are actually brushing their teeth. Again this is important in forming a lifelong habit for your child, children need to be made aware that they will only have two sets of teeth in their lives and these must be preserved and protected.
Visit the Dentist
Visiting the dentist regularly is also important, again this is another habit that a child must learn is normal in maintaining their oral health. It is recommended that a child visit a dentist at least every six months to prevent issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.
If you need any further advice, visit your dentist in Rotherham for more information and tips to help improve the oral health of your child or children.
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