How healthy are your child’s teeth?
Avoid expensive future problems and get your child’s teeth in check
The general health and development of your child is directly linked to their dental health, which is why it is very important to be aware of your child’s oral hygiene and health. If you can’t remember when last you took your child to the dentist, it’s been too long. Regular dentist check-ups, every 6 months, are vital for maintaining good oral hygiene and health. Lay a good foundation for your child’s oral hygiene and health development. Get your child’s teeth examined by our dentists at Access Dental Care in East Perth, today.
Tooth Decay and Cavities
The state of your child’s baby teeth is often a good indication of how healthy their secondary teeth will be. Make sure your child’s introduction to dental hygiene is positive, healthy and without complication. This means regular check-ups, regular thorough cleans and practising good hygiene habits every single day.
Today, children tend to have more sugar in their diets at a much earlier age. Their sugar intake has a direct effect on the state of their teeth and gums. Natural bacteria and germs that occur in the mouth feed on sugar. When this bacteria increases, it leads to the build-up of plaque, which contains nasty enamel-eroding acid. This acid breaks down the tooth, leading to cavities that if left untreated, will ultimately lead to extraction or loss of the tooth.
Catch Problems Early
The earlier you catch problems with teeth and gums that require dental attention, like excessive decay, cavities, gum disease, or other complications, the better. These dental health complications have a direct effect on your child’s general health and well-being, and should not be ignored.
Other signs, like your child grinding their teeth at night, crooked or misaligned teeth, abnormal gaps between their teeth, an irregular bite, snoring and thumb sucking, require a dentist’s attention as soon as possible. These signs may indicate further future problems and once detected should be effectively addressed.
Access Dental Care are specialists in orthodontic treatments. If your child has an under or over bite, overcrowding or irregular gaps, they may require orthodontic attention. There is no set age for when a child should get braces if they need them. Your regular dentist will thoroughly examine your child’s mouth to determine if and when they will benefit from braces or other orthodontic treatments.
Start Good Dental Habits Early
Enforce good dental hygiene rules at home and prevent tooth decay as early as possible.
- Make sure they brush for two full minutes, twice a day
- Replace their toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
- Replace their toothbrush if they have been sick
- Encourage them to floss every day
- Ensure they are eating a well-balanced diet, full of crunchy and leafy vegetables that promote chewing
- Limit their sugar intake, especially sugary soft drinks and lollies
- Make sure they drink lots of water
Children’s’ Dentistry East Perth
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