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It is a fact of life that a healthy set of teeth contributes to your child's good overall health. Maintaining good oral health helps your child eat well, to talk, and flash a smile with total confidence. Poor dental health may lead to your son or daughter suffering from infection, disease, or other teeth problems.
 
So, we at The Perfect 32 Advanced Dental Clinic and Implant Center bring to all you parents through this blog a few dental facts you need to keep in mind while taking care of your child's teeth. To know more, please continue reading.

Ensure that your child brushes and flosses regularly:

The process of maintaining dental hygiene should begin when your child is a baby. It must start at the tender age of 1 or 2 with you brushing your child's teeth with water twice a day. Furthermore, you can use toothpaste, especially if it does not consist of fluoride content. Once your child is old enough to spit out the toothpaste, and you can switch to one that has fluoride.

Once your child reaches the age of 7 or 8 is the stage in their growth at which they become more independent with regards to brushing, so you must provide them with a larger size toothbrush. More importantly, you must ensure that change toothbrushes every 3 to 6 months or when the bristles begin to wear out.

Flossing is also an integral part of your child's oral care routine, and so you must show your son or daughter how to do it. It is critical that you also inculcate the habit of flossing teeth at least once a day in your kid. It would help if you also taught your child to brush their tongue to reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth.

Above all, be certain to make your child brush his or her teeth before bed; after all, eating and drinking (except water) is complete.

Give your child the right amount of Fluoride intake:

Fluoride is an important compound for your child's dental health. It is known to reduce cavities in baby (primary) teeth and adult (permanent) teeth. It functions by keeping teeth strong by hardening the tooth enamel.

So, to provide your child the appropriate amount of fluoride intake, you need to ensure that he/she consume water or oral supplements containing fluoride.

It is also essential that you take your child regularly to the dentist to get fluoride varnishing or cleaning of their teeth which is essential to maintaining good dental hygiene. Also, be sure your child does not swallow fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash.

It is also necessary to remember that too much fluoride could cause tooth stains and harm your child's health.

Get the best dental treatment for your child's cavities:

Cavities are essentially holes that form in the teeth when bacteria (germs) build up in your mouth. It mainly happens when sugar in food and drinks turns into acid, which erodes the teeth.

Now, since your child's teeth are harder to brush, cavities can prove to be a serious dental problem. Besides, your son or daughter may be at severe risk from cavities if they:

a. Possess white spots or brown areas on their teeth.
b. Have ongoing special health care needs.
c. Avoid going to the dentist often.
d. Were born early (premature) or had a low birth weight.

You must visit the best dentist such as Dr. Ketan Revanwar of the Perfect 32 Advanced Dental Clinic and Implant Center in Kharghar. To help your child get rid of all cavities so that he/she can eat without discomfort or pain and smile with confidence.

Facilitate for your child the smooth transition of baby teeth into adult teeth:

Baby teeth tend to appear when your child is 6 to 7 months old. More importantly, your child should have all 20 baby teeth by about three years of age.

As early as about 6 or 7 years and as late as 12 years, your child begins to lose baby teeth and gain replacement adult teeth. It is during this stage that you need to be in touch with your dentist. This changeover from baby teeth to adult teeth (32 in number and includes the wisdom tooth, which most people do not get until their late teens or early adulthood) needs to occur very smoothly without any hiccups.

Maintain a strict diet for your child to develop good oral health:

Generally, the kids consume many sugary foods and drinks that are at high risk for getting cavities. It, therefore, becomes important as a parent that you provide your child with healthy food choices.

To help you develop good oral health, you need to:

1. Make sure your child avoids sugar-centric items such as fruit juice or sweetened drinks.
2. Ensure your child consumes fewer sweet snacks and drinks between meals.
3. Make sure your child brushes their teeth regularly after every meal intake.

Chewing gum is safe for older kids. It can provide benefits, such as the following:
1. Strengthens the jaws.
2. Helps produce saliva.
3. Wash away bits of food.
4. Balances out an acid formation that can cause tooth decay.
5. Freshens up the breath.

Moreover, you must remember that gum that contains sugar can cause cavities. So, it is important that you only provide your child with sugar-free gum and nothing else.

Create safety for your child's oral cavity:

The word 'Safety' plays a big part in dental hygiene. For example, if your child happens to play sports regularly, then he/she must wear a mouthguard. It is essentially a soft, plastic retainer that covers the teeth and sometimes protects the lips too. More importantly, it helps protect your kid from serious injuries. If you intend to have one for your son or daughter, then you could get your dentist to provide it for you.

Visit the dentist with your kid regularly:

It is advisable to take children to the dentist for the first time around their first birthday. It gives the dentist a chance to check for any possible early problems with your child's teeth. It would help if you visited a Pediatric Dentist since he/she specializes in treating children's dental health.

More importantly, visiting your dentist from when your child is very young will only help your son/daughter to feel at ease with the whole dental process, which can be very frightening in the beginning. It also establishes a good habit of regular dental checkups.

Moreover, you must contact your dentist right away if:
1. Your child has tooth pain or a tooth or mouth infection.
2. Your child loses a permanent tooth. If you find the tooth, put it in milk and take it to the dentist with you. They may be able to reattach it.
 
If you want to understand in detail about Pediatric Dentistry or any other dental services provided at the Perfect 32 Advanced Dental Clinic and Implant Center in Kharghar, visit us at https://www.perfect32dentist.com/ to book an appointment call us at +91-8850568626 or mail us at info@perfect32dentist.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does my child need to take oral fluoride supplements?

As per The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, every child between the ages of 6 months and 16 years needs to have some form of fluoride every day. If your child's main source of tap water does not contain fluorine content, then the healthcare provider or dentist may prescribe fluoride supplements.

2. What is the best type of toothbrush for my child?

A kids' toothbrush with a smaller bristle head and ultra-soft bristles is preferable for infants and toddlers. In children between the age of 3 and 12, toothbrushes with a medium-sized bristle area and soft bristles should suffice.

3. Can my child use mouthwash?

It is advisable not to let your child use mouthwash any time before six at least. Even after they turn six, they should be supervised by an adult until they turn 12 for safety reasons.

4. Is my child at high risk for cavities?

If you are prone to tooth decay or gum disease, then your kids might be at higher risk of suffering from it as well. So sometimes, even the best brushing and flossing habits cannot prevent a cavity. However, be sure to call your dentist if your child complains of tooth pain, which could sign a cavity that needs treatment.

5. How often should my child visit the dentist?

In terms of frequency of visits, a Pediatric dentist, including the general Dentists, recommends that children visit the Pediatric Dental Clinic at least twice per year. Two trips to the dentist on an annual basis help ensure: Teeth are aligned correctly. Minor issues don't become serious oral health problems.

6. Are dental X-rays safe for my child?

Dental x rays at our clinic are taken by very modern equipments which drastically reduces the exposure to the x rays. So if compared to traditional x ray exposures, this is almost negligible and very much safe for kids as well as adults

7. Is it ok for my child to chew gum?

It is generally ok to let your child chew on gum now and then. However, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it would be better to wait till the child is old enough to understand that chewing gum is meant to be for chewing and not swallowing. It is generally around age five that a child begins to understand the concept of chewing something without swallowing it.