According to a University of California study, millions of school hours are missed each year due to dental issues. Oral problems also interfere with a child’s ability to smile, play, eat, speak, and learn.
In this blog, our oral health professionals at Julita S. Patil DDS Inc. in Concord, California, share helpful information on how to keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy.
How Can You Protect Your Children’s Teeth and Gums?
Children are prone to many dental problems such as cavities, misalignment, bite issues, gum disease, and tooth loss from injuries caused while playing sports.
Here are some simple ways to help your child enjoy great oral health:
Your child’s teeth are constantly exposed to foods and drinks. Infrequent cleaning or low fluoride intake can lead to cavities.
Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and teach your child to brush every day for 2 minutes using gentle strokes while keeping the brush at a 45-degree angle. Supplement this daily brushing routine with flossing.
Proper Cleaning Tools
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that doesn’t damage your child’s enamel or gums. Choose a brush with a small head and a long handle for easy brushing.
Use fluoride toothpaste to help prevent tooth decay and don’t hold on to old toothbrushes. Replace them every 3 to 4 months.
Smart Food Choices
Sugar, starch, and carbs found in candy, chocolates, and processed snacks lead to plaque formation, decay, and gingivitis. Include calcium-rich foods and drinks in your child’s diet such as eggs, milk, broccoli, and greens.
Chewing crunchy fruits and veggies helps clean plaque off. You should also encourage your kids to drink tap water for optimal fluoride intake and to prevent dehydration-related dental issues.
Use a Mouthguard
A mouthguard comes in handy when kids are playing sports like football, rugby, softball, baseball, and more. It helps prevent soft tissue injuries, chipped or broken teeth, and jaw fractures.
Schedule Regular Dentist Visits
Taking your child for a dental examination and cleaning every 6 months helps address dental problems early before they become irreversible. Your dentist in Concord CA may also recommend dental sealants to prevent tooth decay.
The dentist can also make nutritional recommendations and give you advice on proper oral hygiene habits, advise necessary dental X-rays, and monitor changes since the last visit.
For a comprehensive dental checkup that can prevent future dental problems for your child, book an appointment at Julita S. Patil DDS Inc. Call (925) 689-2585 or visit our dental clinic at 2991, Treat Blvd Suite A, Concord, CA 94518.