The best time to take care of your children´s teeth is before they begin to erupt. There are some common practices that parents have been exercising, without awareness, disregarding their youngsters’ oral health.
Many of these practices have been around for a long time such as; letting your child go to sleep with a bottle. This is a practice which overtime can cause great damage to the child´s teeth. Just imagine this scenario: your child is gratified to receive as a prize a bottle filled with warm chocolate milk, the child takes the bottle to bed happy.
You have just ensured the best environment for bacteria to collect in-between your child´s teeth plus they will have at least 8 hours to actively deplete those sensitive first teeth of the minerals and deter the enamel while the child sleeps.
These are some of the most common practices to watch out for in order to promote good oral health habits in children.
Do not let your child carry a bottle or zippy cup as if it were a pacifier.
Do not allow them to walk around with the bottle/zippy cup or drinking from these for long periods of time. If you must give your child the bottle, do it during meal time, never between meals.
Avoid prolonging the use of the bottle. As soon as possible teach your child to use a regular cup, drinking from a cup will lower the chances of liquid to collect around the teeth and they will not be able to take the cup to bed.
Do not let your child snack on sticky foods such as gummies, candies, cookies and even chips. These foods will most probably contain high doses of sugar which will stick to your child´s teeth. If for some reason they must have these items, do it during meals and teach your children to clean off their teeth with their tongue if food sticks onto them.
Do not wait until your child has cavities in order to visit the dentist. Take your child to the dentist for a general check-up before the age of 1.
Do not serve more than 4 to 6 ounces of juice to your child per day. Also, juices are not recommended for babies before they are 6 months old.
By: Prisma Dental