Preventative dentistry involves implementing practices that will keep your children’s mouths from harm. There are many ways that you can avoid tooth decay, spaces, and crooked teeth. Start asking your dentist about what preventative measures are best for your child and make sure that you are following these basic preventative measures everyday.
- Brushing and flossing- Probably the most important aspect to all preventative measures you can take with your children’s teeth is regular brushing and flossing. Discuss the proper length of time for brushing and strategies for getting your children in the habit of flossing each and every day.
- Fluoride- Fluoride has some opponents, but the American Association of Pediatric Dentists assures parents of its safety and importance for helping children develop teeth with exceptionally strong enamel. Fluoride can be introduced to your children’s teeth in a variety of ways. Normally, your city’s water supply will be fluoridated, meaning that all you have to do is give them water. Otherwise, special fluoridated toothpaste will suffice.
- Orthodontics- If your child has lost a baby tooth early, or some teeth have ronw in crooked, it’s very important that orthodontic features be introduced in order to keep teeth properly aligned and growing in straight. Braces and space maintainers are the best way to keep a child’s mouth in proper condition for developing adult teeth.
- Diet- The biggest line of defense parents and dentists have against tooth decay is controlling what a child eats. Sugars all interact with the bacteria of the mouth to produce acids that will eat away at teeth over time. This means that the amount of sweets should be limited in order to ensure that your children’s teeth aren’t being overly exposed.
- Safety- Children run and jump and play. It’s what they do. Without adequate safety precautions it’s highly likely that they could fall down or bump into something and knock a baby tooth loose. This is no reason to keep your kids sitting still or fear for their safety, but it is a good idea to help them understand the importance of watching their mouth and wearing mouthguards during sports.