How Can Parents Help to Prevent Tooth Decay?

Children are born with a set of primary teeth, which help them to eat and talk properly. However, kids are particularly susceptible to decay, resulting in tooth loss and causing considerable pain.

Many parents believe that this isn’t a big problem, as these teeth will fall out anyway. Nevertheless, decay can interfere with oral development, and so parents must take proactive steps to help their children keep their teeth as healthy as possible.

So, let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to prevent decay:

Limit your child’s sugar intake

The amount of sugar found in kids’ diets and drinks directly relates to the increase in tooth decay. There are some simple ways you can limit your child’s sugar intake.

This includes packing snacks ahead of time, cooking more at home, eating whole foods, serving more fruits and vegetables, and drastically lowering the number of sugary drinks they consume.

Regular dentist trips

Trips to the pediatric dentist should begin while your child is young and continue regularly. Your initial visits will focus on educating you on how to look after your child’s teeth. As your child grows, later visits could include fluoride treatments and thorough cleanings.

Getting your child to the pediatric dentist early can help to prevent them from feeling scared or nervous about visiting the dentist in the future.

Brush with fluoride

If your child is above the age of two, look for a toothpaste that has fluoride in it. The packaging will recommend the amount that should be used.
Don’t rinse after. Instead, your child should simply spit the excess toothpaste out. This is vital because it enables the fluoride to remain on their teeth, which adds an extra layer of protection.

Model good behavior

If your children see that you are not brushing your teeth as often as you tell them to, they will want to copy you.

Taking care of your own teeth is one of the best things you can do for your child’s oral health. This reinforces the importance of looking after your teeth properly.

Establish a tooth brushing routine

Finally, routines are an excellent way of teaching children. Once your child gets into the habit of brushing every day, they will continue into adolescence and adulthood.

Your little one may be reluctant at first. Yet, when they see their parents set the right example, which is combined with their own routine and continual reinforcement, they will get into the habit of brushing their teeth properly and as regularly as necessary.

Contact us for more information

So there you have it: some of the different steps that you can take to prevent tooth decay in your children.

It is advisable to schedule your child an appointment for pediatric dentistry so we can take a look at your child’s teeth and provide you with advice that will be unique to your child. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!

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