Keeping Kids Teeth Healthy!

Unfortunately, many parents do not put much thought into keeping their kids’ teeth healthy. The thought is…….”They fall out anyway…right?” At Rigby Advanced Dental we say WRONG!!! Although baby teeth do eventually fall out, disregarding dental hygiene can cause some serious problems and turn out to be very expensive when considering the long term.

Here are a few tips to follow to keep your kids’ teeth healthy:

  • Start from the very first tooth. As soon as your child gets their first tooth, it’s time to start brushing. You can find soft infant toothbrushes at most pharmacies and large grocery stores. When your child is one year old, you need to schedule their first dental appointment. Starting early will actually help you save money because the dentist can make you aware of necessary preventative care specific to your child’s needs.
  • Get them involved. As soon as your child is old enough, involve them directly in their oral hygiene routine. Teach them about brushing and flossing. Have some fun with it! For a few good tips click here. Turn on their favorite song and have them brush all the way through it, or give them a sticker or some other small reward every time they brush. It’s important that YOU MONITOR their brushing—especially in the beginning—to ensure that they’re using the right technique and actually getting their teeth clean.
  • Watch what they drink. What you give your child to drink is especially important when your child is still using a bottle or “sippy cup.” Giving a child a bottle with juice or formula when they go to bed at night can be detrimental to their overall oral health, leading to tooth decay and ultimately cavities. Continue controlling your child’s liquid intake as they graduate to sippy cups and beyond. Juice is fine for your child, but stick to a half-water/half-juice mix, and have them drink it all at one sitting. Allowing your child to carry around a juice sippy all day long is a recipe for decay because it will keep sugars on their teeth all of that time. While milk is better than juice, water is the best choice, especially before bed.
  • Pay attention to their medications. Most children’s medications are flavored with sugar. This is great to help get them to take it—but it’s bad for their teeth. This advice is even more important for children who take a daily medication, not just occasionally when they’re sick. If your child has a chronic illness that requires daily doses, you may need to increase their brushing. Try to have them take their medications right before brushing if the prescription allows for it. Keep an eye on your kids’ asthma inhalers as well. Some maintenance inhalers can promote bacterial growth, so have your child rinse out their mouth thoroughly with water each time before they use it (if possible).
  • Bye bye, binky. Pacifiers are good at one thing: Pacifying crying babies. This is especially true when you’re trying to wean them off of the bottle. But after the age of two or three, it’s time to say “bye bye” to that binky. Pacifiers can cause misalignment in your child’s bite and even affect the shape of their mouth. Limit pacifier use as much as possible. But if you’re still having problems, ask your pediatrician for tips to help your child kick the habit once and for all.
  • Watch what they eat. It’s important to establish good eating habits for many reasons. Eating nutritious meals will help keep your child’s teeth strong and healthy. Avoid frequent snacking if at all possible. This will help keep sugars from building up on their teeth, which leads to decay and ultimately cavities.

We enjoy being able to provide the best dental care possible to the people of Bee Cave, Lakeway and other surrounding Lake Travis, TX areas!  Come and visit our office located in The Offices at the Hill Country Galleria……where there is always something fun to do with the whole family. If you have any questions, feel free to call and schedule and appointment today (512) 992-2822.  Rigby Advanced Dental is here to take care of all your dental needs.

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