Taking care of your children’s teeth if one of the easiest ways to help them live a healthy and happy life! Improving their oral health care is the first step towards improving overall wellbeing, and it’s important to be aware of the little things you can help them avoid in daily life to ensure teeth are at their healthiest!
Food and Drink
Food and drinks full of sugar create a bacteria breeding haven in little mouths! That bacteria can then cause cavities and tooth decay, often leading to early gum disease. Acidic foods break down tooth enamel and often start to dissolve tooth structure, inevitably causing cavities. To make matters worse, dehydration and a dry mouth allows for bacteria to multiply even more quickly, and that bacteria can then prevent saliva from protecting teeth from the acid inside mouths! Make sure your children are drinking plenty of water throughout their days, and limit exposure to unnecessary sugars in beverages like fruit juices or sports’ drinks.
Allowing your children to use their teeth as tools to open lids or cut through string, or condoning behavior like nail biting or ice chewing can cause excessive wear and erosion to children’s teeth. This excessive strain can lead to unsightly chipping and cracked teeth, leaving little teeth exposed and sensitive, often beyond noninvasive repair. Additionally, those children who grind their teeth without correction are likely to have more oral health issues as their teeth are worn down.
Failure to brush and floss regularly, or a disregard for oral safety practices like wearing an athletic guard while playing sports, are both examples of neglect that can be dangerous for oral health. While failure to brush and floss regularly can leave a child’s mouth exposed to internal problems like oral disease, external dangers from unprotected athletic activity can result in traumatic injuries. Always follow recommended procedures for protecting your children’s mouths while they participate in athletic activities, and encourage regular brushing and flossing throughout the day in order to keep their oral health at its best!