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Did You Know? 4 Oral Health Facts to Know About Your Child’s Growing Smile

March 7, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — sproutdentistryforkids @ 2:47 am
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Parents want what is best for their children. Oftentimes, what we think we know, we don’t. One example of this is oral health and hygiene. While the general rules of brushing and flossing are universally known, other key facts can make a dramatic difference when it comes to helping or hindering your child’s teeth and gums as they grow. Take a few moments to hear from trusted pediatric dentists, Dr. Justin Chan and Dr. Sage Yoo, who explain four oral health facts that can help you take better care of your child’s developing smile.

There is a Way to Prevent Cavities

While it is true that children are more susceptible to cavities because they’re still learning how to properly clean their teeth, these small holes that form in tooth enamel are actually preventable.

Using fluoridated toothpaste (when old enough), developing a regular oral hygiene routine, maintaining six-month dental checkups and teeth cleanings, and being mindful of sugar consumption are all ways to lower the risk of cavities.

By talking to your child’s pediatric dentist about fluoride treatments, you can better safeguard your little one’s smile in between appointments.

Cavities Can Be Passed From Mother to Child

It is not uncommon for a child to develop cavities or “catch them” from their mother. The reason is that while your child is young, you may help with feeding, which can mean sharing utensils or blowing on hot food to help it cool down.

The same can occur when kissing your child. This is why it is imperative for parents to maintain good oral hygiene. In these early years when your child needs the most help, it can make a difference in the health of their developing teeth.

Caring for a Baby’s Teeth Early On is Essential

Even before your baby has their first tooth, keeping their gums free of growing bacteria is important. You can do this by using a clean washcloth and gently massaging and cleaning their soft oral tissues after feeding. You can also use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush or finger brush to wipe their gums.

Once the first baby tooth erupts, though, you will need to begin using a smear of fluoridated toothpaste, which is the size of a grain of rice, to gently clean the area. Morning and night are necessary, but after finishing a bottle or nursing can also be helpful.

Dental Emergencies Can Occur as a Result of Playing Sports

This fact may not be as surprising as others; however, it should reiterate the importance of proper mouth protection when your child is playing sports.

Whether they enjoy contact or non-contact athletics, a customized mouthguard can lower their risk of a serious injury that might otherwise take them out of the game and put them in the emergency dentist’s chair.

Your child’s teeth and gums deserve the best kind of protection, whether it is with fluoride or a custom mouthguard. Consider these helpful facts as you work to ensure the health and future of your child’s smile.

About the Authors
Dr. Justin Chan and Dr. Sage Yoo are board-certified pediatric dentists. But they are also fathers and can empathize with parents who want the best for their child’s smile. This is why they are happy to discuss ways to improve oral hygiene at home as well as go over unfamiliar facts that can positively or negatively impact developing teeth and gums. If you are interested in learning more about children’s dental health, visit our website or call (469) 301-3212.

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