As a parent I know how difficult it can be to get your child to start brushing their teeth on a regular basis and making sure they eat healthy foods that will aid their dental needs. Trust me, you’re not alone! Truth is the health of your child’s teeth actually begin before birth. That’s why it is important to eat a healthy, well balanced and nutritious diet while pregnant and get all the vitamins and minerals you need.
As a parent it is important that you start your child’s dental care when their first set of teeth appear. This is important because it will help you and your child’s dentist see how healthy your child’s teeth are and predict the likelihood of your child having potential dental problems. The best way to avoid future potential dental problems is to start your child’s dental care as soon as possible. This can be done in a variety of different ways.
- Avoid sharing utensils with younger children. Although this sounds like an innocent act, you’re not only sharing utensils but bacteria as well.
- Avoid kissing babies in the mouth. Kissing also is a way to transfer bacteria.
- Don’t put small children to bed with a bottle. In doing so your encouraging sugar and acids in the liquid substance to sit on teeth which can lead to tooth decay.
- Feed your child healthy, nutritious foods that help the gums remain healthy and develop strong teeth.
- Keep younger children away from smoking. If your child is presented with any type of cigarette smoke it can cause tooth decay, gum disease or other dental issues.
- Don’t let your child suck their thumb. Thumb sucking can lead to teeth becoming misaligned or pushed outward.