Follow These 5 Tips for a Healthier Mouth

Fort Worth pediatric dentistYou and your entire family benefit from all the positive things you offer from the foods consumed to the daily essentials you provide. One of the things you or your children may take for granted involve something used every day … teeth. Taking your child to their pediatric dentist every six months starting at age one will help to ensure their teeth remain strong and healthy. Important factors that impact oral health include:

Professional care – Those dental checkups every six months are critical to remove plaque buildup. Plaque contributes to dental decay and gum disease so to help maintain your kid’s dental health, make sure they honor these appointments. In addition to having their teeth cleaned and examined for potential problems, there are preventative treatments available to contribute to better oral health such as topical fluoride applications and dental sealants.

Daily oral maintenance – Providing proper tools like a great toothbrush, fluoridated toothpaste and rinse, and floss are only helpful when put to good use. Make sure to monitor your young children to make sure they are brushing at least twice every day. Teach them to floss by allowing them to watch you – example makes a wonderful teacher.

Diet – It is impossible to monitor what your children eat all day, but teach them the                       importance of a healthy diet. Fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy snacks like nuts,  cheese, and yogurt, and nourishing, balanced meals will contribute to healthy teeth and gums. Limit soda and sugary snacks to special occasions; encourage your children to drink water.

Rest – A healthy mouth goes hand in hand with a healthy body so make sure you and your family are getting sufficient rest and exercise. A stressful lifestyle often will manifest itself in the form of teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Children suffer from stress as well as adults so make sure you keep the lines of communication open to know if your child is dealing with problems that might lead to oral health issues.

Educate – Make sure everyone in your family knows the dangers of tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, and illicit drug use. Teach by example. Let your children know that these things are a major cause of gum disease which can lead to tooth loss.

Permanent teeth must last a lifetime so do everything you can to nourish and protect them. Contact us at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry for more tips!

Why Oral Health Symptoms Shouldn’t Be Ignored

kids dentist Fort WorthIf your child complains of a toothache, there are several things that could be happening. A new tooth could be erupting or a baby tooth might be loose. These are very common occurrences, but there are other issues that could be affecting your child that might endanger their oral health. Your kid’s dentist should be seen every six months for cleaning and a dental exam, but in addition to those visits consult their dental provider for any problems that might occur.

Trauma to a tooth – If your child has experienced any kind of traumatic event affecting their mouth, there may be cause for concern. If a tooth’s nerve center is impacted, the tooth may or may not become discolored indicating a problem. Endodontic therapy may save a permanent tooth, so having your child examined by their dentist is essential.

Daily oral maintenance – Just as your child may neglect making their bed daily or keeping their room clean, they may need a daily nudge to make sure they are brushing and flossing every day. The caregiver needs to provide the correct tools, but if they are not being used every day, having a great toothbrush, fluoridated toothpaste and rinses, and your child’s favorite floss are meaningless.

Daily oral maintenance is needed to keep plaque formation to a minimum … plaque buildup can result in dental decay and/or the onset of gum disease. Dental decay is more likely to occur in children as their teeth are not as strong at this age. Pediatric dentistry has many tools available to help in preventing tooth decay like topical fluoride applications and dental sealants that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth.

If your child tells you their gums are bleeding, this may be cause for concern. Your child should be using a soft bristle toothbrush and taught that they do not need to use excessive pressure when brushing to get their teeth clean. Your child might benefit from an electronic toothbrush. In addition to their ability to clean teeth, a built-in timer is usually included to encourage your child to brush the recommended two minutes every time they brush. Unprovoked bleeding gums may be an indication of gum disease.

Your child’s permanent teeth must last a lifetime so be proactive in their care. Your child will be grateful you did.

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