3 Keys For Positive Child Dental Health

Dentist Blog

When it comes to children's dentistry, some 86 percent of minors will have cavities before they turn 17. With this in mind, you will need to put your children on the right track toward great dental health. As the parent, you'll need to make sure that you adhere to the proper advice that will allow your child to reap the benefits of positive dental health. With this in mind, take advantage of some of these tips, so that you are able to maximize your child's dental care and give them the help and health at its best. 

#1: Take Advantage Of An Informal Visit To The Kids Dentist

Once your child begins sprouting teeth, you will need to take them to a dental professional at least twice per year for checkups. To get them on the right track with this and to assuage any fears, you should make sure that you take them in for an informal visit first. In taking them in for this visit, your child will get the chance to meet the dentist and hygienists who will be working on them, gain some familiarity with the equipment and develop an understanding of why they should go to the dentist. By conducting this informal appointment ahead of time, your child will be in a good position to handle anything that might come during their actual appointment. 

#2: Provide Your Child With Sealants

As a preventative measure, you can avoid cavities and other forms of tooth decay when you have the dentist install sealants. Sealants are protective covers that go on clear and form a membranous barrier that makes it difficult for tooth decay to set in. These sealants last for a few years when done properly and can save some serious time and money when it comes to filing cavities and other dental procedures. 

#3: Avoid Added Sugars

Studies show that the average person eats 70 pounds of added sugar yearly, which boils down to about 22 extra teaspoons of sugar per day. In addition to health issues like obesity and child onset diabetes, you leave your child open to a host of dental problems as well. Instead of 22 teaspoons per day, you should be mindful of their intake and limit it to no more than about 3 teaspoons per day. This means monitoring all of their snacks and foods and especially their beverages. A lot of juices marketed toward children are packed with added sugar and should be avoided or eliminated from their diet. 

For more information, contact Alaska Dentistry For Kids or a similar location.


21 April 2015