The Basics of Dental Care for Children

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Dental Care for Children

Do you want to spare your child unnecessary suffering? Do it right from the beginning.

Learn the process of caries development. Spend a little time studying caries and its consequences. It pays off! Then you’ll know what necessary measures you must take in order to protect your child’s baby teeth. After all, they must provide good services for twelve years and not just as tools for chewing!

Healthy infant’s teeth – baby teeth – are just as important for language development, jaw growth, and coordination of the mimic musculature as they are for aesthetics and thus, for your child’s self-esteem.

Many parents think, “My child rarely eats sweet things,” but we only get a small portion of our sugar intake in more or less pure form. The largest share is hidden in processed products. It is not always easy to recognize sugar in food items since the industry often uses scientific names for it. For example, sucrose: beet sugar = household sugar; glucose: dextrose; fructose: fruit sugar; lactose: milk sugar; maltose: malt sugar.

All types of sugar (honey as well) have the same negative effects. They create caries, especially when sugar or foods containing sugar are frequently eaten between meals. Sugar generates plaque and plaque is a breeding ground for bacteria. Bacteria cause caries, and caries are a preventable dental disease.

Caries = Time + Bacteria + Nutrients (Sugar)

 

The basics on dentistry for children – dental care for children!

 

  • Allow only two snacks per day (motto: We only eat at the table, without toys – this promotes a balanced dining culture). After a meal, the saliva is able to “repair” the dental enamel that has been corroded by the acids in the food. This takes time. Frequent and especially sweet snacks are overstraining this natural protective and repair mechanism. Therefore, no nibbling on sweet rolls, bananas or sweets. Instead, offer sugarless products (whole-grain bread, other fruits)! Also, keep in mind that you’re setting an example yourself.
  • Products advertised as being “sugar-free” are often no better. Although they do not contain household sugar, the may surely contain other types of sugar. Therefore, always pay attention to the list of ingredients! Although sugar substitutes such as sorbitol, maltitol, xylitol, and isomalt do not cause caries, they can only be a limited alternative for sugar, since they have a laxative effect. Children in particular may react sensitively to even small amounts. Thus, the successive consumption of 2-3 “tooth-friendly” candies may trigger diarrhea.
  • Start regular cleaning of the teeth with a tooth brush when the first baby tooth is erupting – without pressure and without toothpaste. The mechanical cleaning activity is the most important part. After the cleaning, do not offer any sugar-containing products (including milk). Bring your child along to the dental practice so he or she can get to know the environment before being treated.
  • Use only a pea-sized amount (at the most) of children’s toothpaste as soon as your child can spit out (e.g. Weleda Children’s Tooth Gel).
  • Use toothpastes without any foaming surfactants, sweeteners and sugar substitutes, synthetic aroma (strawberry flavor, etc. – this only encourages children to swallow it), as well as dyes and preservatives. If you are using fluoride tablets, avoid additional fluoride-containing toothpastes (information at your pediatrician or dentist).
  • Turn the brushing part of body hygiene into a ritual with a small song or poem. Perform a follow-up brushing of your child’s teeth until the age of ten twice a day. Allow your child to watch you performing your own body care.

One of these days, your child will thank you!

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