As a mom, you have to consider every little aspect of your children’s life to keep them safe and secure. Everyone parent deals with the major aspects of their child's lives and teaches them what they need to grow up into amazing human beings. But, we are not infallible and at times we forget some minor details that can make a big difference. Take their teeth for example. Of course, we make them brush twice a day and mouthwash if necessary. But, is that enough? To keep their teeth sparkling white and clean, here are more factors to consider.
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Think About Their Diet
At the minute, you are the one who controls what they eat and what they drink. At times, it is easy to give in and let them eat whatever they fancy, especially when they are in a mood! But, that odd can of Coca Cola or extra piece of chocolate could seriously affect their tooth health. That doesn’t mean they should never drink fizzy drinks or eat junk food because they are children after all. However, you should try and make sure that they have everything in moderation. Too much sugar and their teeth will suffer.
Do More Than Clean
The conventional way of maintaining healthy teeth and gums is to brush twice a day. Although that is a good start, it is not a foolproof way of avoiding major problems. Brushing still doesn’t get to those tight areas, which is why you need a mixture of methods. Although it might seem over the top, teaching your kids to mouthwash and floss at a young age is beneficial for many reasons. Firstly, it prevents the buildup of plaque and gunk that can damage teeth and gums. And, secondly, it gets them into a good routine from an early age. Hopefully, they will continue that into later life.
Use Fluoride Toothpaste
All kids should use fluoride toothpaste. The strength will differ depending on their age, so you will need to make sure you use the right one. Kids under three should use toothpaste that has a concentration of no higher than 1,000 ppm while kids between three and six can go as high as 1,350 ppm. Older children can use fluoride toothpaste that has a ppm of between 1,350 and 1,500. Fluoride is an essential part of a child’s oral hygiene because it promotes healthy teeth. The fluoride strengthens teeth and makes them less susceptible to damage and decay.
Visit The Dentist
Just like you and I would visit the dentist, children need to go as well. Depending on their age and the kind of dentist you have, they might need to see a pediatric dentist. Some dentists don’t look at children’s teeth because it is a special area, and they might not feel comfortable. Regardless, you need a professional to take care of any problems that might arise and give you more advice on how to maintain them properly.
Maintaining teeth at an early age is essential. If you can get your children through the first tricky period, you can set them up for great oral hygiene in the future.
Disclosure: This is a contributed post.