Children and Oral Hygiene
There are times when you will need dental care for children. It’s important as your child develops to ensure that they get proper dental care. Here is how you can deal with your child’s dental care to ensure that they have proper oral hygiene.
Dental Care For Children At Home
Dental care for children starts in the home. The food that you provide for your child is going to have a big impact on the health of their teeth. Once your child gets their teeth they are susceptible to tooth decay especially from foods that contain sugar. A diet that consists of fruit juice, sugary foods, and any other foods that contain sugars will have an impact on the health of their teeth. If you want to keep your child’s teeth healthy, you should reduce sugar in their diet and this starts at home. If your child is complaining about any sort of pain in their mouth or you notice any tooth decay, you should take them to a dentist right away.
When to See the Dentist
Visiting the dentist starts early in their childhood. Shortly after their third birthday should be the time that you take them to the dentist. This might vary so you can always call your dentist to ask them what their recommendations are. The first visit to the dentist is usually quite short and there is not going to be a lot of work done on your child’s teeth unless the dentist decides that it’s necessary.
What You Should Expect
When you first get dental care for children there are a few things that you should keep in mind. The first visit to the dentist is usually going to be one where the dentist is going to help your child feel comfortable. It might be a bit of a traumatic experience for your child to first go to the dentist much like it is when they go to get their first haircut. As your child starts getting used to going to the dentist they will get accustomed to it and it won’t be as much of a problem. Dental care today is much different than it was in the past as you might have remembered it when you were a child. The dentist will probably discuss with you proper oral habits for your child as well as nutrition that can help maintain the health of your child’s teeth. In some cases, x-rays, fluoride therapy, or professional dental cleaning might be given but this usually isn’t done until the child is ready for this.
To prepare your child for the dentist you should talk to them about the trip to the dentist. You could always read books to them about dental care and speak to them about your own trips to the dentist. The main thing is to help your child feel comfortable about going to the dentist.
Dr. Lilly Lo – Lawrence Avenue Dental
Dental care for children really begins with you as the parent. You are largely responsible for the health of your child’s teeth because they are too young to take care of them on your own. You’re going to have to help them develop proper nutrition habits, help them brush their teeth and ensure that they are looking after their teeth. Dr. Lilly Lo can help provide you with the necessary tools to accomplish all of this. If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your child’s teeth please contact us at Lawrence Avenue Dental.