Parents who want their children to develop good dental health know that they need to set the right example. The “Do as I say, not as I do,” approach does not instill confidence in children.
What about healthy oral habits? Do our children see us brush carefully after meals? Do our children find water bottles in our car cup holders or empty sports drink cans? Do we schedule twice-yearly dental visits for ourselves and our kids? Do we wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports? Do we floss every night?
Did you know that tooth decay is the second most common childhood health problem in Alberta, after the common cold? If you have a newborn or toddler, you have an exceptional opportunity to establish daily habits for lifelong oral health.
If every pre-teen in your Wetaskiwin neighborhood has at least a few fillings, it may seem that cavities are inevitable for kids. At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS, we don’t believe this common notion. There is much you can do to keep your young child’s baby teeth and adult teeth cavity-free.
In fact, there are important things to do even before your baby’s first teeth erupt. Remember not to put your baby to bed with a bottle. Wipe milk or formula off their gums with a soft, damp cloth after feeding. Don’t let your infant drink juice all day. If you want your baby or toddler to drink between meals, water is just fine.
When should you bring in your toddler for their first dental check-up? The American Dental Association recommends that a child sees a dentist before their first tooth appears or no later than their first birthday.
If your children are older and have had a lot of cavities, don’t give up. It is never too late to improve daily habits to keep teeth healthy. Even if your upbringing didn’t include an emphasis on oral hygiene, you can set your own traditions starting today.
At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, we are dedicated to dental health for the entire family. We advise parents about tooth development, thumb-sucking, water fluoridation, dental sealants, oral sports protection, orthodontia, and much more. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.
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