There are many things to consider when trying to keep your children’s teeth healthy. Most of us know that brushing your children’s teeth, morning and evening is essential but you may not think about how their diet effects their teeth. Or even when to schedule their first dentist visit. Here we offer you a few tips on keeping your children’s teeth healthy and developing healthy mouth habits!
Children need strong, healthy teeth to chew their food, speak and have a picture perfect smile. This is where a nutritional diet can help. Not only is it essential for a child’s overall growth and development, it’s crucial to consider for strong, healthy teeth. Increasingly we are becoming aware that sugar is ‘evil’, many parents ban children from drinking carbonated drinks or sugar loaded sweets in order to protect those young teeth. However did you know that almost all foods, including milk or fruit, have some type of sugar, which can contribute to tooth decay. To lessen your child’s risk of tooth decay, try to control the amount of sugar your child consumes. Always try to read food labels and choose foods and beverages that are low, or better yet, have no additional sugars. Some people would argue that drinking carbonated beverages through straws can take away the risk of tooth decay. This is simply not true, sure it may reduce the risk but why not encourage healthy habits from a young age and encourage beverages, such as water, that hydrate and contribute to good nutrition.
What to Eat:
“If everything contains sugar then what is healthy for my child?” I hear you exclaim. According to MyPlate, which is a an agency of the US Department of Agriculture, a healthy and balanced diet for children should include:
- Fruits and vegetables. Combined these should be half of what your child eats every day.
- Grains. Make sure at least half of their grains are whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread and brown rice.
- Dairy. Avoid those yoghurts directed at young children that are packed full of sugar.
- Lean proteins. Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish. Try to vary protein choices to include eggs, beans, peas and legumes, too.
Bottles & Pacifiers
Something that you may not have thought about before, how bottles and pacifiers can impact your child’s oral health. Here are some tips to keep your child’s mouth healthy:
- Only fill your bottles with formula, milk or breast milk. Avoid filling the bottle with juice or soft drinks, which as we spoke about before, contribute to early tooth decay.
- If your child uses a pacifier, do not dip it in sugar or honey, or put it in your mouth before giving it to the child.
- Infants should finish their bedtime and naptime bottles before going to bed.
- Think of your children’s tooth development. It’s a great idea to encourage children to drink from a cup by their first birthday and discourage the use of sippy cups.
Regular Dentist Visits
When to arrange your child’s first visit to the dentist is always a popular question. The simple answer, when your child gets their first tooth, usually between 6-12 months. Not only is it a good idea to get your child’s teeth checked early, but its also a great way of getting them used to visiting the dentist. Get your child comfortable today with healthy mouth habits and dentist practices. At Eastlake Pediatric Dentistry we are the experts in taking care of your little ones, making sure their visits are as comfortable and fun as possible. With us your child will be excited for their next visit, promoting healthy habits that will be with them for the rest of their lives.
Cleaning Your Child’s Teeth
As soon as your children’s teeth begin to appear, decay is possible. That is why it’s important to start brushing your children’s teeth right away and start healthy habits early. Brushing twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed is a good routine to start. There are plenty of toothbrushes and toothpastes out there aimed at children to try to make the experience more enjoyable for them. It’s important to consider the size of the toothbrush relating to your child’s age and also make sure the toothpaste contains a suitable amount of fluoride. It’s important to encourage your children as they get older to try brushing their own teeth. Always supervise children at these times and instruct them on how much toothpaste to use and how long to brush for.
Book Your Child’s Dentist Visit Today
We hope these tips have helped you in your quest to keep your children’s teeth healthy. However it is even easier to voice your concerns or ask for help from our experienced, professionals at Eastlake Pediatric Dentistry. Contacting us and scheduling an appointment couldn’t be easier. and when it comes to keeping your child’s teeth healthy we have got you covered. We’re all about healthy smiles, one child at a time.