Red Flags For Children’s Oral Health

children's oral healthThere are certain conditions that can occur throughout your child’s growth that may be red flags for children’s oral health. If you notice any of these warning signs, you should talk with your dentist so you can get it taken care of.

Baby Bottle Syndrome – This happens when a baby is constantly taking in milk, formula, breast milk, or fruit juice. For instance, if your baby is sleeping with a bottle of liquid during the night.  This allows sugar to remain on the teeth and can encourage bacteria growth and cause tooth decay.

Decayed or Missing Baby Teeth – One of the purposes of baby teeth is to serve as a pattern for placement of permanent teeth. If there are decayed or missing baby teeth, this can result in crooked permanent teeth. If children have crooked permanent teeth they can have trouble chewing as well as trouble maintaining good oral hygiene.

Thumb Sucking – Thumb sucking is a normal activity that provides comfort for an infant. But thumb sucking after permanent teeth have erupted (around five years of age) can create many problems. It can cause shifting in the teeth and may affect speech, and dental hygiene.

Tongue Thrusting – This is a condition where the child presses the tongue against the lips with force that can lead to protrusion of teeth.

Poor Nutrition – Be sure to choose fruits and vegetables for snacks.  Limit sugary, sticky foods that can cause tooth decay. Clean teeth after meals and give your child water as often as possible.

Red Flags For Poor Oral Health In Your Child|Consumer Guide To Dentistry

How To Brush A Toddler’s Teeth

If you have a toddler, you know that brushing their teeth is not always an easy task. In an article from Babycenter, they offer tips on how to brush a toddler’s teeth.

Toddlers love to copy everything their parents do, so one ideas is to buy matching toothbrushes and brush together. Another tactic is to let toddler brushingthe child stand on a stool to see himself in the mirror. Another is to let them pick the flavor of toothpaste.

No matter what route you take, don’t take brushing lightly.  It is important for your toddler to brush as their teeth are coming in and they are eating more solid foods. See the full article from Babycenter here:

How can I get my toddler to cooperate when I brush his teeth? | BabyCenter.

Children’s Oral Health: How To Deal With Halloween

30915887-pumpkins-beautiful-vector-illustration-to-halloweenHalloween will be here before we know it, and with all the extra sweets around, how can you keep your children’s teeth healthy? Here are some tips that you can try while watching out for your children’s oral health, but still allowing them to indulge a little.

Try not to deny your children the Halloween experience.  This can send the wrong message and make candy seem even more irresistible.  Let them dress up and go trick or treating.

After trick or treating, go through their candy together.  Let them pick a certain number of their favorite treats, whatever number you decide based on age or whatever.

Take the rest of the candy and throw it out or give it away.  You can even donate it to a food bank.

Allowing your children to help decide how much candy they can have will help them learn lessons beyond good oral health.  They will learn how to control their diets and also that what they eat can affect their oral and physical health.

To read some other ideas on how to deal with Halloween while watching out for your children’s oral health, check out the article from Web MD here: Children’s Oral Health: 5 Tricks For Dealing With Halloween Treats.