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Top Tips for Tip Top Teeth

 Amazing Smiles Team

Top Tips for Tip Top Teeth

  1. Beware of bottle caries. Mothers love their children and the thought of letting a baby cry tears at the heart strings. Unfortunately what many mothers fail to realize is that there are negative consequences from soothing baby at bed time with a bottle filled with milk or juice. When many liquids, (including milk and juice, are in constant contact with teeth for a long period of time, they can cause bottle caries. Baby’s teeth can develop cavities which totally destroy the teeth. During the night saliva production decreases, allowing the sugars to stay in contact with the teeth for longer. We recommend substituting water for milk and juice.
  2. Make an appointment. If you haven’t already, schedule your child’s first dental appointment. We recommend children visit the dentist from around the age of two. Developing positive relationships with our dental team from an early age helps set the tone for the years ahead.
  3. Help them brush. Young children lack the manual dexterity to effectively brush their own teeth. They need your help. As soon as teeth appear in your childs mouth, clean them twice a day with a cloth or soft toothbrush. If your child regularly drinks tank water (i.e. without fluoride use a “pea” size amount of children’s toothpaste and systematically brush all the exposed surfaces of their teeth. When children are regularly drinking fluoridated water (town water), a low fluoride toothpaste doesn’t need to be introduced until they are about 18 months old. Repeat this morning and night. Continue helping children to brush until they are able to effectively brush their teeth on their own (generally around the age of seven). Then continue checking your children’s teeth for effective brushing up until adolescence.
  4. Baby teeth are important! Deciduous teeth maintain space for adult teeth to emerge. Losing baby teeth early may result in crooked adult teeth.
  5. Begin flossing. Children have nearly all their baby teeth by about two years of age. This is a good time to start flossing.
  6. Take extra care with braces. If your child has braces, food and plaque can become trapped more easily. This leads to an increased risk of decay. It is very important that your child is vigilant with their oral health and visits the Oral Health Therapist routinely.
  7. Limit sugar intake. Tooth decay is related to eating foods high in sugar, often it is the frequency rather than the amount of sugar that is important. For example, frequent ‘snacking’ does more damage than a single large dose of sugar.
  8. Avoid sports and energy drinks. Sports and energy drinks are high in sugar, high in caffeine and high in acid. The combination of these factors lead to the destruction of teeth.
  9. Provide healthy snacks. Encourage good food habits early. Give children cheese, fruit and vegetables instead of processed, sugary starchy foods.
  10. Pit and Fissure Sealants. The Oral Health Therapist can place a painless resin seal over the groove of your at risk teeth. These are known as pit and fissure sealants. Often pit and fissure sealants can be helpful preventing decay from forming in the valleys of your children’s teeth.
  11. Have your child wear a mouthguard. One of the most important pieces of sporting equipment you can invest in is a custom fitted mouthguard. Custom fit mouthguards allow your child to breathe and speak more clearly and will help protect your child’s gums and teeth from injury.
  12. Most importantly be a great role model! Your children take their lead from you. Practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing routinely. Maintain a healthy diet. Visit the dentist regularly for check ups and routine maintenance. Maintain a positive attitude toward the dentist.

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