The weather is finally beginning to warm up in the Las Vegas Valley and your kids are probably starting to play outside more often without having to put on a jacket or bundle up for cool temperatures. Spring will be here before you know it, so a spring cleaning task list is probably an item you’ll soon be working on. One important task to add to the cleaning list is your child’s next dental appointment that includes their annual checkup and cleaning. While your child’s teeth may not be at the top of your spring cleaning list, they should be an important part of it. Many parents make the mistake of not taking oral hygiene seriously and that can result in a mouth full of cavities for your kid.
Tooth Brushing Techniques for Children
There are a handful of common mistakes that parents make when it comes to keeping their child’s mouth healthy and clean. One of the biggest flubs that parents make is letting their child brush alone. If you are sending your child to their bathroom to brush their teeth alone, it is most likely that they are not brushing long enough, not brushing properly or even not brushing at all. Most children do not have the hand skills to brush effectively until they are eight years old so it is extremely important that parents supervise the teeth brushing until the child is old enough and has proved that they can properly brush their teeth on their own.
Avoid Putting your Toddler to Bed with a Juice Bottle
Giving your toddler a bottle when putting them down for the night may seem like a fast and easy way to get them to sleep and keep them happy at the same time. Many parents use this method to avoid a tantrum or getting up due to crying. Putting your infant to bed with a bottle is the fastest way to cause tooth decay, especially when bottles or juice cups are filled with any type of fruit juice. These drinks will cause a great deal of damage to your child’s teeth and before you know it they will have to have their cavities treated. The habit of giving your child a sippy cup or bottle at night or throughout the entire day for that matter will keep the sugar and bacteria levels in the mouth elevated all of the time. Contact Smile Reef today to schedule your child’s “spring cleaning” and ensure healthy oral hygiene.
A clean and bright smile can be easily attained through persistent oral care that includes regular brushing, flossing and mouthwash habits. Keeping your kids teeth healthy takes effort and dedication, as cavities can form when teeth are not properly taken care of. While most people realize the basic steps that it takes to keep teeth healthy and strong, many people fail to realize that the drinks their children are consuming are making a negative impact on the long term health of their teeth. The drinks that we consume play a major role in our oral health. Many drinks we consume are bad for our teeth and also bad for our health in general. It is important to become familiar with the drinks that will cause more harm to your kid’s teeth than good.
Soft drinks are bad for your Children’s teeth
Soft drink, soda pop, cola – whatever you call it, is probably the worst possible drink for your kid’s teeth. Not only is soda pop extremely unhealthy for their teeth, but it is also unhealthy for their body. Soft drinks contain loads and loads of sugar. Bacteria in the mouth thrive on sugar. While sugar in all forms has a negative impact on teeth, it is also the carbonation of the soda that can lead to tooth decay. Another negative contributing factor from soda is the acidity and fizziness it puts into the mouth. This acidity can lead to tooth enamel erosion. The next time your child asks for a soda, hand them a glass or bottle of water instead!
Fruit juice is Bad for Children’s Teeth & Leads to Tooth Decay
Another drink to encourage your kids to avoid or at least consume in small doses is fruit juice. Many people are surprised to hear that fruit juice is bad for your teeth. Take into consideration that most fruit juices sitting on the store shelf today have loads of added sugar, making them just as toxic as soft drinks are. The sugar in fruit juice will not only lead to tooth decay, but will also contribute to tooth enamel erosion as well. If your children really love drinking fruit juice, your best option is to purchase a juicer and make your own from fresh fruit you purchase in the produce section. Fruit juice made at home will contain much less sugar than the bottled fruit juice you purchase at the grocery store.
Tea and Coffee Stains Kids Teeth
Many parents wouldn’t dream of giving their kids tea or coffee because of the caffeine content; but some parents do. Tea and coffee can have a negative impact on your kid’s teeth. Coffee and tea can drastically change the color of their teeth from a bright healthy white, to a dull and unattractive yellow brownish color. Avoid your children consuming these drinks to keep their smile as white and healthy as possible.