Dental Care For Children - Brush Up For The Future

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So let’s spend a little time talking about dental care for children! Protecting baby teeth is important; after all, they’re around for twelve years – and not just as tools for chewing. Healthy baby teeth are as important for language development, jaw growth and the coordination of the mimic musculature as they are for aesthetics, and thus, for your child’s self-esteem.

If your child already has carious teeth, then these need to be restored, even if it’s necessary to do so under a general anesthetic. Any dentist who doesn’t recommend treatment doesn’t know anything about childhood dental care. Carious teeth are home to millions of bacteria and endanger the rest of the teeth.

Many parents think, “my child rarely eats sweet things;” however, we only get a small percentage of our sugar intake in more or less pure form. The largest share is hidden in processed products. It’s not always easy to recognize sugar products in food items because the industry often uses scientific names for them. Some of these names include:

  • Sucrose (beet sugar) = household sugar
  • Glucose = dextrose
  • Fructose = fruit sugar
  • Lactose = milk sugar
  • Maltose = malt sugar
Children Aware of Dental Hygiene

Children Aware of Dental Hygiene

All types of sugar (and honey) have the same negative effects: They create caries, especially when sugar or foods containing sugar are frequently eaten between meals. Sugar generates plaque, which is a breeding ground for bacteria, and bacteria cause caries. Caries is a preventable dental disease – more on that in the videos "Initial Caries" and "Plaque".

Here is a checklist to avoid cavities:

  • Only allow your child 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 food acids. This takes time. Frequent and/or particularly sweet snacks overstrain this natural and protective repair mechanism.
  • Therefore, no nibbling on sweet rolls, bananas, candies, or sweets between meals. Instead, offer kids sugarless products (whole grain bread, other fruits). Also, keep in mind that you yourself are setting an example for your child.
  • Products advertised as being “sugar-free” are often not any better. Although they don’t contain household sugar, the may contain other types of sugar.
  • Therefore, always pay attention to the list of ingredients! Although sugar substitutes such as, e.g., sorbitol, maltitol, xylitol, isomalt do not cause caries, they should only be used as a limited alternative for sugar because they have a laxative effect.
  • Children, in particular, may be especially sensitive to even small amounts of sugar substitutes. Thus, successive consumption of two or three “tooth-friendly” sweets may trigger diarrhea.
  • Start regular oral hygiene with a toothbrush as soon as the first baby tooth is erupting. However, don’t use pressure or toothpaste; the mechanical cleaning activity is the most important part.
  • After cleaning, don’t offer the child any sugar-containing products, including milk.
  • Bring your child along with you to the dentist so that he or she can get familiar with the dental environment before actually getting treated.
  • Use only a pea-sized amount (at most) of children’s toothpaste as soon as your child can spit out (e.g., Weleda Children’s Tooth Gel). Don’t use any toothpaste with foaming surfactants, sweeteners or other sugar substitutes, synthetic aromas (strawberry flavor, etc. – this only encourages children to swallow it), dyes or preservatives.
  • Fluoride tablets should not be used; however, fluoride-containing toothpaste is good.
  • Make brushing as part of your child’s bodily hygiene routine a ritual by reciting a short song or poem during brushing.
  • Perform a follow up brushing on your child twice a day until your child is ten. It’s important to do this because it’s only around age 10 that children develop their motor skills enough to adequately brush their own teeth.
  • Allow your child to observe your own body care.

One of these days, your child will thank you!

Click here to see the video: Pedodontics

 

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