Simple steps to keep your children’s teeth and gums in good condition.
You may have seen recent reports in the papers about the rise in the number of children being admitted to hospital to have teeth extracted. The figures are really shocking, and, quite frankly, unnecessary. With the wealth of information and care available through our children’s dentist at the Confidental Clinic, extractions should be rare and not commonplace.
To avoid problems such as dental decay and gum disease in children really isn’t that difficult. All it takes is a little persistence and following some really simple guidelines which are set out below.
Brush, brush, brush
Encouraging a child to brush their teeth at least twice a day is key to good oral health. Once in the habit, most children will do this; however, for younger children especially, brushing sessions should be supervised by a parent to ensure that they do it correctly, and for the full two minutes. Make sure too that the toothpaste being used contains fluoride. This will help to protect the enamel on the child’s teeth.
From as young as one year of age, we encourage parents to bring their children to our Purley dental practice so that their oral health can be monitored. This is not only helpful for getting the child used to a dental environment but also as an opportunity to discuss with the parent how best to look after the child’s teeth.
We have seen many parents who swear that their children will not touch sugar. We also see a lot of patients who abandon this plan! The reality is that kids love sugar and it will be almost impossible to avoid giving it to them in one form or another. The key here is to make sure that it is not given in excess and that sugary foods are given only as a treat.
What a child drinks is equally as important as what they eat. Many parents, quite rightly, avoid giving their children fizzy drinks such as colas and lemonade. However, a common mistake is to replace these with fruit drinks. Whilst a fruit drink may be more healthy in many ways, the naturally occurring sugars in fruit are just as damaging as any other kind. Again, fruit juices should be a treat and water given as the staple drink.
Whilst some degree of effort does have to be put into these steps to ensure healthy teeth, it really is not that difficult and nobody likes to see their child in pain from a severe toothache. If teeth are neglected, extraction may be the only option available, so why not do all that we can to avoid this?
Please visit our child friendly dental practice in Purley by making an appointment on 020 8660 8923.