It is essential to take care of a smile from an early age. Day-to-day habits can affect our oral health in many ways. Here are some of the tips for your children that can help them in the long run:
Did you know that sugar actually feeds the bacteria that cause tooth decay? Each time your child eats candy or other sweet treats, they are allowing bacteria to feast on the sugar, which in turn causes tooth decay. The more often they eat sugary foods, the more likely they are to develop tooth decay.
Flossing at least once a day is important for making sure your child's teeth are clean. It helps in removing plaque and other debris from between their teeth. This helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and it also helps to keep their teeth looking bright and healthy.
Kids should use fluoridated toothpaste when brushing. Using fluoride toothpaste is important to help strengthen tooth enamel.
It's never too soon to start getting your child used to going to the dentist. In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends bringing your child to the dentist by the time he turns one year old. This first visit to the dentist should be fun and positive, and it will help your child learn not to be afraid of the dentist.
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that fill in deep grooves in molars. They create a smooth surface that protects the teeth and reduces the risk of cavities. Dental sealants are recommended for kids who are 6-years-old or younger.
Children should attend at least one check-up and cleaning every six months. If you are concerned your child may have a cavity, we would be happy to take a look.
Soda and sports drinks contain citric acid, which can damage tooth enamel. They also contain a lot of sugar, which bacteria love to eat. When bacteria eat sugar, they excrete acid that attacks the tooth enamel. Over time, this can cause tooth decay. It's best to avoid soda and sports drinks as much as possible.
For more information, visit Uptown Smiles at 601 NW 23rd St Suite #200, Oklahoma City, OK 73103. Call us at (405) 702-7766 for appointments.