August 7th, 2012
We as adults are aware of the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene; healthy gums and teeth lead to a healthy mouth and less chance of painful diseases and orthodontic procedures. However, when some children lay their eyes on a can of fizzy drink and a packet of sweets, they are a lot less likely to consider whether or not it will affect their teeth.
Why is oral hygiene just as important for children?
Some parents may overlook the benefits of good oral hygiene when their child has yet to develop their permanent teeth. Though the deciduous teeth (or ‘milk teeth’) are temporary, it is important to help get your child used to a healthy routine. By doing so, you are getting your child into a good habit that they will then be able to maintain as they grow older and develop their permanent teeth (no second chances with these!). Good oral hygiene will also prevent various gum diseases that the child may carry into later life.
What sort of routine should my child have?
- A child should brush their teeth just as regularly as an adult, whether they have milk teeth or permanent teeth. Twice a day, every day. Until the child is around seven years old, the parent is responsible for ensuring the teeth get brushed.
- Similarly, children should floss their teeth once or a twice a day, though it is not essential until around the age of four. A parent should assist their child until they are old enough to do it themselves.
- It is advisable for more regular dentist visits (every three months) for a child, starting from as young as one. A dentist can offer advice on brushing, flossing and various other enquiries you may have about your child’s oral hygiene and dental routine.
February 9th, 2012
As a parent it is important to know that your child is happy and healthy and there is no greater pleasure than to see them smiling and enjoying life. At Mossley Dental care, we want to help your child’s teeth stay healthy and strong and, more importantly, to keep them smiling. Here are some of the best ways you can look after your child’s oral heath:
With young children in Glossop it is important to get them into a routine of brushing their teeth for two minutes, twice a day – once in the morning and once before bed. To help prevent tooth decay, you should monitor your child’s sugar intake, encouraging them to eat healthy snacks instead of sweets and fizzy drinks. It is also recommended that children use fluoride toothpastes and your dentist will be able to recommend some popular brands. Regular check-ups at the dentist are vital to check that your child’s teeth are in good health – why not try bringing them along to your own appointments as well? This will familiarise them with the practice and help calm their anxieties.
Older Children and Teenagers
Dental care is just as important for older children as it is for young children and toddlers. There may come a time when your child requires braces and, although the prospect may seem daunting, they are not alone. Whilst many adults also choose to have braces, the treatment is much easier for children and young adults when their jaws and faces are still growing. Braces correct tooth alignment problems such as gaps, crowding and irregular bites. They will improve your child’s long term health by helping to prevent more serious problems with their teeth, gums and jaws. There is no set age for when children can have braces and your child’s dentist will advise you if and when they require treatment. However, most children and teenagers who require braces will have them in their first few years of secondary school.
For more information on the range of orthodontic treatments for children and young adults, contact Mossley Dental Care on 01457 837361.