It’s your top priority to help your children grow up as happy and healthy as you can. You should also make sure your family’s daily habits are not taking a toll on your kids’ dental health. Children and tooth decay don’t go together, so make sure your kids don’t pick up these poor dental hygiene habits.
Sweets between Meals
Most children will have a snack between meals, however the wrong types of food and drink could lead to tooth decay. Sugary sweets or drinks can be damaging. If you want your children to have a sugary treat have it with a meal as the saliva produced to digest larger meals can help keeps teeth bacteria free.
Drinks before Bed
When kids drink juice or even milk right before bed without brushing their teeth afterward, the sugar in those drinks lingers on their teeth, which can lead to decay and cavities. If your kids insist on a drink at bed time, ensure it is only water. If your child has a sugary drink before bedtime, make sure they brush their teeth before going to bed.
Missing Dentist Appointments
Missing a couple of appointments because your childs’ teeth appear to be fine could result in dire consequences. Your dentist is there not only to help with children and tooth decay; a typical appointment also involves cleaning, discussing good oral health habits and helping kids get comfortable with regular dental care. Don’t make the mistake of missing appointments. Instead, always schedule the next six month appointment before you leave the dentist’s office after your appointment.
What to Do
If you notice signs of tooth decay — such as pain or sensitivity, white spots on the teeth or signs of cavities (brown spots and, if further along, openings in the tooth surface) — schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately. Changing your child’s habits can help prevent future cavities, but the existing cavities will need to be filled before your little one scores a clean bill of dental health. Your dentist can fill the cavities and offer tips for avoiding tooth decay in the future.