According to a recent study by the Dental Health Foundation, more than 60 percent of children have dental decay. Left untreated, decayed teeth cause painful toothaches which lead to problems eating and sleeping.
Dental disease also may leave children vulnerable to chronic ear and sinus infections as well as orthodontic problems. However, children who receive good oral health care enjoy better overall health and are better able to succeed in school.
Diet and oral health counseling
What your children eat affects their teeth. Sugars (found in cake, cookies, candy, milk and juice) and starches (found in pretzels and potato chips) can cause tooth decay. Add to this the fact that it is more difficult to clean babies' and children's teeth and you can see why debris tends to remain in children's teeth, resulting in bacteria growth and, ultimately, tooth decay.
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Baby Teeth Cleaning: Baby teeth should be cleaned as soon as they erupt. Clean your baby's teeth with a soft washcloth or gauze after every bottle or meal. After 2-3 yrs baby teeth should be brushed using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
First Dental Visit It is important that your child see a dentist by age one to establish a long-term dental hygiene and professional dental cleaning plan. Dental Sealant Application: Dental sealants are used to protect teeth from decay and are appropriate as soon as a tooth erupts.
Fluoride Treatments: Check with your dentist and water authority about the need for fluoride treatments. Fluoride is a major component in the prevention of childhood dental caries. This is because fluoride alters the molecular structure of the tooth, making it more resistant to acid attack and decay. However, children require the right balance of fluoride treatment. Too much fluoride could be problematic and lead to fluorosis.
Dental Flossing: Parent-assisted dental flossing should commence when two teeth erupt next to each other. Independent flossing should occur when children have the ability to do it on their own (often by six years of age).
Mouth Washing: Mouth washing is usually recommended by age seven, provided your child can perform the activity.
Orthodontics: Orthodontics may be appropriate by seven years of age.