Care about personal health starts at home. Parents and caregivers are directly responsible for teaching and being the example of a healthy lifestyle (as much as possible) to the children. Dental health is just one part of daily healthy habits for the whole family. The importance of the children’s dental care is shown not only during childhood, where the developed infections can impact their dental and overall health, as well as their school success but even after, habits and the teeth they have or haven’t taken care of. The following text explains the main aspects of oral healthcare importance in children from before their first tooth.
Oral health in babies
Dental care begins with gum care in babies. The wet cloth is used to clean gums after meals and multiple times a day when the first teeth start growing. The growth of the first set of teeth begins around six months and lasts until two years of age. Some parents are against brushing the first teeth because they will be replaced, but that could not be further from the truth. The care for the gums is helping the child to get used to brushing teeth, and tooth decay, swelling, and other issues can be developed early and affect the child for years.
Oral health in children
When kids can wash their teeth by themselves, the adults should set and stand as an example of oral healthcare, even involving children further than the brushing process. Do everything with them. Brush teeth together, floss together, buy toothbrushes and toothpaste, and pick healthy groceries together! Make teeth brushing a fun activity for the family – their laugh and good habits do go together. The sooner you start, the faster you will see them remembering to do it themselves, thus developing a habit early on.
Dentist appointments with kids
The first visit to the kid’s dentist should happen as soon as their first tooth appears. By developing the habit of washing gums, you will prepare your child for the dentist, aside from teaching them about teeth brushing. The dentist should be the one that will ideally follow your child from the first tooth all through adulthood. The dental records, family genetics, the eating and washing habits, the possible braces installation, or other specific care your child might need. Furthermore, the children following you to your appointment could help them witness the habitual aspect of a dental check-up.
Caries and other issues
Dental health is the aspect of health that can influence the mental health and social habits of children. Preventive oral health care can help with the perfect development of your kid’s smile. Tooth decay is the most common health issue in children, implicating the need for better prevention in care and nutrition equally. The problem which was added is the direct consequence of time-consuming procedures at the dentist’s office. Less time spent in school, less time spent with school peers, pain that disassociates from the friendships and after-school activities, the psychological issue of having to bear the pain, and maybe an esthetical problem with teeth. Additionally, problems with eating and sleeping habits quickly leave great consequences on children’s overall health.
Dental care habits to adopt
The care doesn’t need to be complicated, especially if adopted early on. Aside from brushing and flossing teeth twice a day, great importance is put on fluoride. The fluoride in the water we drink, as well as the fluoride in the toothpaste, helps with killing the bacteria that cause tooth decay, or caries. Another great habit is to pay attention to nutrition, with more vegetables and fruits, and the normal water intake guarantees less danger from bacteria while processed and sugary food creates more bacteria and therefore worsens the possible inflammatory issues. The worst enemy is sugar drinks, sodas, and Frappuccino’s, which cover the inside of the mouth with sugar with each sip of the drink over a period of time, allowing bacteria to make your kids tooth their home.
Another vital piece of advice to adopt is to visit your dentist twice a year, along with carefully taking care of your child’s dental records. The most important advice, however, is to be the person your child trusts and looks up to. There is no habit or change that your child cannot make with a proper support system in their parent, the person that looks after them the most. Early start, constant supervision with smart involvement, and proper professional care will secure the beautiful smile on your child’s face as a statement piece.
Author bio: Alison Pearson is an interior design student. She is a writer and designer, and her ultimate passion is art and architecture. She is also a bibliophile and her favourite book is “The Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner. Follow her on Twitter.