With proper oral care at home and regular visits to your dental office, children can grow up without suffering from tooth decay and other oral health problems.
Diet is important your child's teeth
Both food and drinks can affect the oral health of your kid. Everyone, including your child, has plaque - a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth. Plaque can build up very fast and it's very important to remove it from your child's teeth every day. The plaque bacteria feeds on the sugar that's found in the food and drinks. The bacteria creates acids from this sugar supply.
These acids can attack the hard, protective layer of enamel on your child's teeth for up to 20 minutes after eating and drinking. Repeated acid attacks can affect your child's teeth, causing problems like erosion or decay, which can lead to infection in other parts of the body.
For good dental and overall health, make sure your child eats a healthy diet. If your child needs a between-meal snack, choose healthy foods, like fresh fruits, vegetables, and low-fat/high protein foods. Don't let your child eat chips or any fast food! Don't let your kid drink Coke or Pepsi or any soda till twelve years old. it destroys not only teeth but stomach as well.
Get some ideas about healthy foods and drinks to give your child, see www.choosemyplate.gov.
Ways to keep your child's mouth healthy
• Brush teeth twice a day and clean between teeth once a day. It helps to keep teeth and gums healthy. • Choose a child-sized toothbrush with soft bristles. Replace it every three months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. Worn toothbrushes won't clean teeth properly.
• Use the right amount of fluoride toothpaste for your child. Be sure you are in charge of the toothpaste and your child knows it is not food. Do not use more toothpaste because your child likes the flavor!
• Teach your child to spit out the toothpaste.
• Supervise children while they brush their teeth. If they can't tie their shoes, they shouldn't brush their teeth alone.
• As soon as your child has two teeth that touch, clean between them every day. If floss will not work, use another type of between-the-teeth cleaner. Your dentist can help you decide which type works best for your child's mouth.
Schedule the appointment with Aleris Dentist in Salem to check your kid's teeth and get some advice how to keep your kid's teeth and gums healthy!