Parenthood can be hectic and it can be hard to keep track of all the things that are necessary to keep your children healthy. That’s why we’re providing our patients with a list of five tips for staying on top of their children’s dental health and their own.
Teens Need Pediatric Dentistry
You might think that the term “pediatric dentist” means that these dentists only see small children, but we’re still the best type of dentist to take care of a growing teenager’s teeth. Caring for an adolescent’s oral health is part of our specialized training. Your child will experience a tremendous amount of growth and change in their face and jaws in these years, and their last few permanent teeth will be coming in. It’s an incredibly important period, which requires the attention of a specialist.
Try Cheese As a Teeth-Friendly Snack
Cheese is one of the healthiest snacks for your children’s teeth, according to new research.
On top of being a great source of calcium, which remineralizes tooth enamel, it also works to fight cavities by stimulating the salivary glands, which help clear the mouth of debris and neutralize harmful acids.
Seal the Deal with Sealants
A great way to protect a child’s teeth from tooth decay is sealants. Sealants are a clear plastic material painted over the deep pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of teeth to block out bacteria and prevent decay. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends sealants, particularly for children with a history of tooth decay.
Brush Up on Brushing
The easiest and most important method of cavity prevention is brushing your teeth, but finding the right toothbrush can be tricky. Whether you provide your child with a manual or electric toothbrush, it will be an essential tool in keeping their teeth healthy.
We recommend that you look for a toothbrush with soft, round-ended (polished) bristles. These will clean effectively while being gentle on the gums. Look for a brush designed for small hands and mouths, and don’t forget to replace it every three months or so. Worn out brushes aren’t as effective!
Your child will need help brushing until they’re about 7 to 8 years old, so be sure to work with them and supervise their brushing when they begin doing it themselves so that they learn good techniques to get every tooth surface clean.
For Parents: Set Your Expectations for Whitening Toothpastes
We all love having shiny white teeth, parents included, but it’s important to know how whitening toothpastes work so that we can manage our expectations. These toothpastes contain polishing agents and mild abrasives to remove surface stains, but they won’t affect deeper stains. Those require more thorough whitening treatments like bleaching or microabrasion.
Bonus Tip: Your Best Resource Is the Dentist
Any questions you have about caring for your child’s teeth or helping them learn how to do it themselves are questions we are happy to answer. We look forward to seeing your child twice a year for their cleaning appointments. It’s an important step on the road to having healthy teeth for life!
We love to see our patients’ smiles!