The Dental Care of Children and Why it is Important
Children in Ireland grow up in a world of sugar and it’s getting worse. Consuming large amounts of sugar is worrying in children because it impacts their oral health for many years ahead. Children have become more prone to dental problems than adults. This is largely because of a lack of the right oral hygiene habits and simply not brushing their teeth regularly and correctly.
We always advise parents when they have any dental concerns to take their children to the dentist to get professional advice. Regular dental visits will lessen the likelihood of potential dental work down the line as the child grows older.
Creating and reinforcing positive dental habits with kids can help reduce the number of adults who suffer from overall oral health issues later in life.
We recommend all children and adults get annual dental checkups.
How Tooth Decay Occurs in Children and How it Can Be Prevented
Tooth decay is a condition that affects children and is the most common of all dental diseases. It is caused by the action of acid from the mouth on tooth enamel which leads to cavities in teeth.
The process of tooth decay can be divided into three stages:
1) Initial Tooth Decay: The first stage includes the initial formation of a cavity which starts as a small hole on the surface of tooth enamel. This is followed by the initial formation of an external layer called dental plaque.
2) Initial Enamel Damage: In this stage, there are cracks and deep grooves in the enamel layer. These damages result in loss of minerals and proteins and eventually lead to cavities at deeper levels.
3) Subsequent Enamel Damage: This stage includes further
The main cause of tooth decay in children is lack of brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste. The enamel on a child’s teeth is thinner and softer than an adult’s, which makes them more susceptible to cavities. The other causes are consuming sugary foods and drinks and not drinking enough water.
The most important thing to remember about preventing tooth decay in children is that they need to brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, drink plenty of water and eat nutritious food.
What Are Some Helpful Dental Hygiene Tools For Children?
Dental hygiene is a serious matter for children. Children should be taught from a young age how to brush their teeth properly. Here are some helpful tips and tools to get the job done.
1) Kid friendly toothbrush: A child-sized toothbrush is a great way to start teaching your child about dental hygiene. It should have soft bristles and be easy to grip for little hands.
2) Child friendly toothpaste: Make sure that the toothpaste you use has a flavor that your child will like, but also make sure that it doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients or sweeteners that could cause cavities or other dental problems in children.
3) Dental Flossers: Dental flossers are great for kids because they don’t have to worry about using too much pressure
The best way to keep teeth healthy is to brush them twice a day. The toothbrush should be appropriate for the age of the child. For children younger than 3 years old, use a “smear” of toothpaste with a soft toothbrush. For children aged 3-6, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste with a soft or medium-soft brush. Children aged 7-14 should use adult size brushes and adult size amounts of toothpaste.
Fun ways to get your kids to like dental care
Toothbrushing seems like a big deal to kids, but the effort you put in to get them to do it will pay off. If your children ever experience toothaches or require dental care due to bad dental habits, you will wish you took their dental care more serious in the first place.
Preparing your child for a life with good dental habits is absolutely worth the time and effort that goes into it.
There are many shows and cartoons on youtube & netflix that make dental care fun for kids, getting them into the habit of feeling like its a fun activity and very useful. Kids don’t like having to be forced to do anything so making it into a game and positive experience will help a lot.
Dental care before bed and in the morning with your kids is a wonderful way to set a great bond. It not only will aid the dental are but also make some fun memories.
Here is a list of fun tips:
1) Give them a toothbrush with their favorite cartoon character on it.
2) Make a dental care chart with stickers that they can earn by brushing their teeth twice a day.
3) Get them involved in games where they are asked to find the missing teeth in their mouths or guess how many teeth they have left.
4) Have them draw pictures of what they want their new teeth to look like after getting braces.
Regular dental checkups are important for children in Ireland. It helps them maintain healthy teeth and gums. Dentists recommend that children should visit their dentist at least twice a year. Check your child today here
Regular dental checkups help kids maintain healthy teeth and gums. They also provide the opportunity to teach children about oral health, such as brushing and flossing. These regular visits can also help detect any early signs of tooth decay before it becomes serious.
Dentist appointments can be fun for kids, so these visits should not be dreaded by parents or kids alike!
At OrthoDental Abbeyleix, we provide top-quality dental care to many patients in Laois and the surrounding counties.