Mississauga dentist offers dental care tips for kids
Most patients understand that keeping your mouth in tip-top shape starts at home with good dental practices. However, just like children learn to walk, ride a bike, and read, they also need to learn the proper methods for cleaning their teeth.
Dr. Rina Kotecha of Dentistry on 10 knows that starting early is the key to good health practices in children. She offers the following tips for her child patients and adult patients with children.
- Start early. Parents should take responsibility for keeping their child’s mouth clean even before the first tooth erupts through the gums. Wiping a baby’s gums with a soft cloth after feedings begins a good habit while keeping the gums free from sugar and bacteria.
- Begin brushing. As soon as your child has a tooth you can begin to brush his teeth with a soft toothbrush. Once your child is a little bit older and can hold the toothbrush, let him or her try to brush the teeth. Show the child the proper way, and always finish the job to be sure that you’ve cleaned the hard to reach back teeth. Also, consider allowing the child to choose the toothbrush. One that has a favorite character or colors makes brushing more fun.
- Eat healthy. Sugary foods and beverages are common causes for cavities and weaknesses in the teeth. The sugar in candy, fruit juice, soda, and sweet foods coats the teeth and makes it a perfect environment for plaque and bacteria to grow. Teaching your child to limit the amount of sugar in the diet is not only good for teeth; it’s good for overall health.
- Visit regularly. Schedule your child’s first dental appointment when he or she is still young, even before the first birthday. By visiting the dentist early, you establish a relationship with the dentist who can help teach you about the proper way to care for your child’s teeth at home. Consider letting your child sit in on an appointment with you or an older sibling to understand the process and that the dentist’s office is a comfortable environment.
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