Pediatric Dental Hygiene Tips for New Parents
The name of Dr. Norton’s practice is Lifetime Family Dental, not Lifetime “Grown-Up” Dental! We hope to be your preferred dentist in Gilbert AZ for the whole family! For all the new and experienced parents out there, we’ve put together some easy-to-remember tips to help your little ones stay happy and healthy. The sad truth is, tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic disease among children in the United States. Between your child’s biannual visits to Lifetime Family Dental, follow the tips below to minimize the risk of tooth decay.
- Start by making sure your children have a healthy diet! Cut own the sugar, amp up the fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins. The best vegetables for your teeth are fibrous like celery that actually break down and have a cleaning effect on your teeth. Pears are a great fruit for oral hygiene, as they have higher acid-neutralizing characteristics than other fruits. Just say away from sticky, sugary dried fruit!
- Encourage your kids to chew sugar-free gum! Recent studies have examined the benefits of chewing sugar-free gum in children. The gum helps dislodge and break down food fragments in your teeth which neutralizes acids that cause plaque and tooth decay. It also encourages the production of saliva, which also helps mitigate plaque acids and increases remineralization of your enamel. Just make sure it’s sugar-free
- As we stated in the first tip, reduce sugar consumption! This is a huge one. Try to limit sweets, candies and sweet drinks like juices and sodas to 1-2 small servings or less a day. The more time the teeth are exposed to sugars, the more dangerous it becomes.
- Misuse of bottles and sippy cups is another issue when it comes to sugar consumption. “Baby bottle tooth decay” is also due to prolonged exposure to sugars. Don’t allow your children to carry their sippy cups around with them and never let them fall asleep with their bottle or sippy cup.
- Brush your child’s teeth for them until they are between 6 and 7 years old. It may seem silly, but up until that point, children generally are not fully coordinated enough to do it on their own. Save your child and yourself some heartache down the line and brush those little pearly whites thoroughly! Don’t forget to do an inspection after they brush.
Is your little one ready for their visit to Dr. Norton and the friendly staff at Lifetime Family Dental? Contact us today to schedule appointments for the whole family!
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