Harmful Dental Habits Your Child Should Avoid

childrens emergency dentistWhen babies start crawling, toddling, and even running we safeguard table corners and try to make all parts of the home a soft place for a baby to prevent injury. However, it is impossible to keep children safe from all potential dangers. What we can do is be aware that accidents may occur and be prepared to handle them, knowing how to reach your children’s emergency dentist in the event of one of these accidents could mean the difference between tooth loss and preserving your child’s dental health.

Your kid’s dental care is the responsibility of the caregivers that interact with your child every day. Posting and making available the contact information about your dental provider during office hours and when the office is closed is a great step toward preserving your child’s dental health.

Your guidance and supervision is a critical step in helping your child to maintain their oral health. Kids don’t think things through – biting their fingernails is just a way for them to pass the time while sitting in class or watching TV. But this habit presents the potential for chipping their teeth, and even altering their occlusion if continued.

Kids drink lots of cold drinks that contain ice. Dental enamel is very strong, but so is ice. Discouraging biting and chewing on ice by informing your child of the potential damage they could be doing might go further than just telling them not to do it!

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching is a habit that often starts subconsciously during periods of sleep, and it is not restricted to stressed out adults. Kids feel stress and anxiety for many reasons such as school, peer pressure, their complexion, weight, their possessions (or lack of them), fashion … so many things are important to kids. Grinding can wear down dental enamel leading to broken teeth and dental decay.

Kids like to show off. So they might try to learn to do things that could damage their teeth like opening bottles or packages with their teeth.

Parents and caregivers can take proactive action through supervision, education, and example. Make sure children are brushing and flossing correctly daily, and make sure they see the dentist every six months for cleaning, polishing, and dental exam. Your children will reap the benefits of your efforts with great oral health for their lifetime.

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When should a child start using toothpaste?

kids dental Fort WorthThe schedule for your child’s oral care is fairly simple. Baby teeth usually start to erupt anywhere from four to six months, with some infants may even start a little later. When your baby has only a few teeth, wiping them with a clean soft cloth after bottle feeding is a great start.

The first visit with the pediatric dentist should occur at around the age of twelve months. This visit will involve a brief exam often while the child sits on a parent’s lap. This early visit is a perfect opportunity to inquire about your child’s oral health from infancy through childhood, and beyond through the teen years.

Your kid’s dental care is critical to their overall health so learning the best way to care for their teeth and gums very early in life will promote the best oral health possible for their lifetime.

Daily brushing should start when your child consumes solid foods. There are very soft bristle brushes geared toward early brushing – you can use a pea size portion of paste that is intended for babies and toddlers that are safe for baby if they should swallow.

Children often learn through example so allowing your child to watch you brush while focusing on spitting out the toothpaste is a good idea. An idea is to brush with your child making a game out of brushing and spitting. Bringing some fun into this task is more encouraging for your child than making it task oriented.

Flossing your child’s teeth should start around the same time as brushing. Using a floss pick might give you more control than trying to juggle regular floss, but use gently.

Once you are satisfied that your child has sufficiently grasped the brush and spit process, you can introduce a fluoridated toothpaste into their regimen. Supervising brushing will guarantee your child is brushing daily and correctly. Guidance and encouragement will help your child to formulate good oral care habits that will follow them even when you are no longer supervising their daily oral care.

Your child should continue to maintain consistent visits to the pediatric dentist. Early regular visits allows the child to become familiar with the sights, sounds, and smells of the dental office – if their first dental visit is a result of a toothache, subsequent dental visits become difficult due to a negative first experience.

Are you ready to bring your child in for an appointment? Contact our office at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry today!