It’s easy to think that dental treatments are only required as we get older. While we do see a higher risk of tooth decay and the need for dental treatment as we progress in age it would be very dangerous to assume that children need no attention at all when it comes to their teeth and general oral health.
let’s take a look at what you can do and what our team at Royal Leamington Spa dental can do to help you to make sure that your child has the best chance of a healthy mouth.
When is the right time to start?
If your child is starting to develop teeth then now is the right time to introduce them to the idea of cleaning your mouth and teeth. Allowing them to get used to cleaning their mouth regularly even if it’s not being done by themselves will get them well on the way developing good oral hygiene habits. Encourage them to try brushing on their own even if still under supervision. When you feel that they are ready, perhaps between the ages of 3 and 6, it would probably be a good time to add into the routine a child-specific toothpaste. One that includes fluoride would be best. Children learn from example, so it’s vital that they can see that you are following a good oral health routine including brushing your teeth and flossing at least twice a day.
When’s the right time to start taking a child to the dentist?
It can be hard to know when to start looking for children’s dentistry in Leamington Spa. Here at Leamington Spa Dental Practice, we are family orientated, we love to welcome patients of all ages with NHS and private treatment available for children that are starting to get their teeth through. While this may seem daunting for a parent or even scary for a child we can arrange it so that your appointment and your child’s appointment are at the same time. When they see that you are comfortable sitting in the chair they will be reassured that there’s nothing to be scared of at all.
Help your child choose the right food
All involved in children’s dentistry in Leamington Spa know that growing children get hungry, they are likely to want a snack but did you know that many so-called healthy foods and snacks are full of sugar. So choosing the right snacks that promote good oral health is important for your child.
Foods to avoid might be; dried fruit as this contains a lot of sugar. Energy bars or protein bars again contain a lot of sugar and can stick to the teeth leading to higher chances of decay. Sports drinks though promoted as a healthy option are often chock full of sugar and calories.
Fresh fruit and nuts are a great option for your children teeth. Unsalted or low salted nuts such as almonds and cashews are great also. If your child is particularly hungry then perhaps a bowl of low sugar cereal and milk as a more filling choice.
In conclusion, your child’s teeth oral care is an important responsibility and we at Royal Leamington Spa dental are well equipped to advise you exactly what options are available for you. Should you need a children’s dentistry in Leamington Spa then you can count on us to help.