When a child learns important oral health and hygiene habits early in their life, there is a higher chance this routine will stick with them throughout their adult life. Looking after your child’s teeth earlier will minimise any future issues they may encounter.
Why is oral health important for kids?
Studies show that 1 in 5 children from ages 5 to 11 have at least one untreated decayed tooth and 1 in 7 children and young adults aged 12 to 19 years old will also experience the same problem (CDC).
There are a variety of factors that can cause tooth decay but most are commonly caused by the acid produced in the mouth when breaking down sugar from food and drink. This acid can then cause damage to the enamel (or tooth’s surface) creating dental cavities or holes within the tooth itself.
Symptoms of tooth decay include:
- Dental cavities or holes in teeth.
- Toothaches or other mouth pain.
- Sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet food/drink.
Often signs will appear at the later stages of decay. It’s possible to stop any permanent damage caused by tooth decay by visiting your family dentist regularly, as well as following a simple daily routine.
What are good oral health practices?
Even before your child grows their first set of teeth, it’s important to introduce a daily oral health routine. It is recommended to wipe babies and infants gums twice a day with a soft, clean cloth prior to first feeding in the morning and right before bed. This will allow any bacteria or sugar to be wiped away. When their teeth do begin to emerge, brushing twice a day with a small, soft toothbrush and water is recommended. A visit to the family dentist by your child’s first birthday is a great opportunity to detect any signs of potential dental issues. Our friendly dentist and team are there to make the experience fun and enjoyable. Contact us if you would like to know more about this process.
As your child gets older, they should begin to brush their teeth twice a day with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Fluoride is an important ingredient found in most toothpaste that strengthens enamel and keeps your teeth healthy. It is also found in tap water so we recommend that it’s prioritised as the main drink of choice for both you and your kids.
When to see a dentist
It’s a good idea to start taking your child with you when you see the dentist. This gives them a chance to become familiar with the dentist and the environment. When the first tooth comes through or as they have their first birthday, you can organise a visit to the family dentist for your child themselves. Again, it’s a great idea to utilise this as an opportunity to familiarise you and your child with the dentist, even if there are no visible problems with their teeth. Gosford Family Dentist offers a comfortable, upbeat, and stress-free environment for children of all ages and their parents too.
We recommend annual visits to your family dentist for check-ups, even if there are no visible issues. Picking up on dental problems before they become serious is the best way to prevent major dental work, can save you money and keep you healthy.
Book an appointment with Gosford Family Dentist today
When looking after your child’s teeth, it’s important to find a dentist you trust. At Gosford Family Dentist, our professional dentists are ready to provide professional and quality care for you and your child. Contact our friendly team at Gosford Family Dentist on 4325 3221 or enquire online to find out more