Keeping Your Teeth Healthy and Disease Free

Dental Tips For Busy Parents and Their Children

People today are busier than ever. Many busy parents are neglecting basic care, including dental hygiene. In many cases, children are not getting the proper dental care either. The good news is that there are many things busy parents can do to stay on top of their dental hygiene:

Drink Lots Of Water

Drinking water is one of the simplest things people can do to keep their smiles healthy. That is why it is a good idea to keep a pitcher full of water in the refrigerator. You may also want to keep some water bottles in the car so that you and your kids can drink water while on the go.

Keep Toothpaste And Toothbrushes At The Kitchen Sink

It will be a lot easier for you to brush your teeth after meals if you keep toothpaste and toothbrushes at your kitchen sink. Regular brushing not only removes food from in between your teeth, but it also helps prevent plaque from building up. Make sure that toothbrushes are replaced at least once every three months.

Make Good Snack Choices

You may have been told that snacking is something you should avoid because it is bad for your teeth. However, it is important to remember there are many healthy snacks that can help keep your teeth healthy. Cubed cheese, fresh fruits and vegetables, rice cakes and whole wheat crackers are examples of some of the healthy snacks you and your children can eat.

Chew Gum

Contrary to popular belief, chewing gum is not always bad for your teeth. Sugar-free gum that has been sweetened with xylitol is the best type to chew. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating a meal can stimulate saliva production. This flow of saliva helps neutralize acids. It can also help get food particles off of the teeth.

Use Fluoride Rinses

Fluoride helps strengthen the enamel and greatly reduce the risk of cavities. That is why you and your children should use a fluoride rinse every night.

Drink Sugary Beverages Through A Straw

Sugary beverages can cause serious damage to your teeth. It is best to limit your consumption of sugary beverages. However, if you drink sugary beverages, then you can minimize potential damage by drinking the beverages through a straw. You reduce the amount of the beverage that comes in contact with your teeth by drinking through a straw. You should also rinse your mouth out with water after you finish drinking your beverage.

Keep Travel Toothbrush And Toothpaste On Hand

You may not always have the time to brush your teeth on a busy day when you are rushing to get out of the door. Fortunately, you can still brush while you are on the go. That is why it is a good idea to keep some toothpaste and toothbrushes on hand while you are traveling.

Use Floss Picks

Using floss picks is one of the easiest things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy while you are on the go. The reason floss picks are effective is because they can easily fit in between your teeth. Not only do they help keep your gums and teeth healthy, but they can also freshen your breath. In many cases, bad breath is caused by the buildup of food particles in between the teeth.

Educate Your Children

Children who develop good dental hygiene habits early will most likely continue them once they hit adulthood. That is why it is important to educate your children about why brushing and flossing is necessary. You will also need to talk to them about making healthy food choices.

Kids Dental Specialists proudly serves families in the Chino/Chino Hills, CA area. Visit our Appointment page or call us at 909-591-0077 to schedule your next appointment.


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Welcome to the Kids Dental Specialists Blog


Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog.
We will be periodically adding new posts to discuss matters related to your child’s dental health, so be sure to check back often. In this — our first post — we would like to take the opportunity to answer some of the most common issues related to pediatric dental health.

 

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Baby teeth, also called primary teeth, can develop cavities just like permanent teeth. One condition that we see frequently as pediatric dentists is a condition called early childhood caries, commonly known as baby bottle tooth decay. The informal name is derived from the cause of the caries, which is allowing infants and toddlers to fall asleep with a bottle of juice, sugar water or even soda. However, these drinks can also result in decay if they are given to the child during waking hours. The best course of action is to give the child only plain water, breast milk or formula in a bottle, and at bedtime, allow only water.

Missing or Damaged Primary Teeth

Some parents wonder why it is important for the child to retain his or her baby teeth for the appropriate period. They reason that the primary teeth will be lost in a few years and that it is only important to make sure that the permanent teeth are kept in good health. However, baby teeth play an important role in the future dental health of the child and should therefore receive proper care.

One of the most critical roles played by baby teeth is that of “space holder” for the adult teeth. It takes time for the permanent teeth to develop beneath the gums. When baby teeth are lost prematurely, the adult teeth have much more leeway to shift out of alignment before they ever erupt. The permanent teeth can come in crooked, which can result in crowding of the teeth that follow.

It is also possible for a baby tooth with a cavity to become infected. This is not only potentially painful for the child, but the infection can also spread to other teeth. Oral infections have been linked to an increase in the risk of childhood asthma as well as to other health problems.

Parents’ Role in the Child’s Dental Health

As much as we would welcome a “magic wand” that we could use in our office to safeguard your child’s teeth, we do not have one. Ensuring your child’s future dental health is a partnership between your home and our office.

Caring for your child’s oral health should begin — at minimum — as soon as the first tooth breaks through the gum. Even before your child has his or her first tooth, you should clean the baby’s gums very gently after feedings. Use a damp, sanitary, soft cloth to clean the gums, or use a soft-bristled “baby toothbrush.” Wait until the child has his first tooth before using toothpaste, and then use only a very small dab.

Encouraging good dental habits in your child is important. You might need to supervise brushings until the child is six or seven years old. You might also want to talk with your child about the relationship between good dental care, such as proper brushing and limiting sweets, and an attractive smile that can last for a lifetime.

Allow Us to Help

kids-dental-specialists-logoOur practice is devoted to pediatric dentistry, so our staff members have the training and experience to make your child’s visit a pleasant one. We use the latest technologies, products and techniques to help you make sure that your child’s teeth will be strong and beautiful into adulthood and far beyond.

If you would schedule an appointment with us around the time of your child’s first birthday, we can conduct an examination of his or her dental health. This is an excellent opportunity for your child to become comfortable with our staff and environment.

We offer emergency services should your child ever need immediate attention. Whether your child needs cosmetic pediatric dentistry, routine cleanings and care, restorative care or preventive treatments, our caring staff can help. Your child’s dental health is our first priority!

Kids Dental Specialists proudly serves families in the Chino/Chino Hills, CA area. Visit our Appointment page or call us at 909-591-0077 to schedule your next appointment.