Dentist tips for children by Toothbeary

Top rated children’s dentist in London (Richmond) gives some recommendations for children by Toothbeary? Encourage drinking milk. Milk can help build strong teeth by restoring calcium. If your child has a dairy allergy, look for calcium-fortified alternatives like almond, oat, or soy. Choose tooth-friendly snacks. The fiber in healthy snacks like apples and carrots helps to break up plaque and stimulate saliva production. Eating a fresh, juicy apple for an afternoon snack can be almost as effective as brushing. Although it’s a natural reflex, thumbsucking can seriously damage your child’s teeth. It’s important to break the habit before their permanent teeth start to emerge.

Watch Out for Sweet Medicine: Children’s medications can be flavored and sugary. If they stick on the teeth, the chance of cavities goes up. Children on medications for chronic conditions such as asthma and heart problems often have a higher decay rate.

Babies are born with all their teeth – you can’t see them because they are hidden in the gums. Baby teeth start to break through the gums around 6 months but it is important to start good oral care for infants even before the first tooth comes in. From healthy gums come healthy teeth. Wipe your baby’s gums with a soft washcloth after feeding. This helps remove the bacteria that can cause tooth decay.

The technical term for teeth grinding and the sounds of gnashing teeth is bruxism. It is a natural habit for babies to initially grind their teeth, typically while they are at sleep. Therefore, if you hear teeth grinding noises you should not be overly concerned. However teeth grinding should stop when all milk teeth have erupted. If your child still grinds during the night at the age of five or older we recommend to see your dentist. What triggers teeth grinding? Opinion is still divided amongst pediatric dentists about why bruxism happens. However, the most popular causes are outlined below: Pain – In many cases it is a sub-concious response to pain such as ear or toothache / teething. Mis-aligned teeth- it could simply because the top and bottom teeth are not yet aligned properly. Find extra details Teeth grinding in Kids. Encourage gentle flossing from an early age. Aim to start them flossing once a day as soon as two teeth are touching. Kid’s flossers with handles are available to help make it easy to get a complete clean and will remove any plaque build-up. Kid’s flossers are also designed for their sensitive gums so shouldn’t be a painful process. Brush your teeth with your kids and try to make it as fun as possible. Get them to copy what you’re doing so they feel confident and enjoy the time spent together. Setting this good example will encourage them to have a good dental routine every day and prevent issues further down the line. I would also encourage using a reward system, stick stickers on the mirror when they have done a good job at brushing and flossing!

Summer dental tip : Don’t Overdo Snacks: It’s only natural to want to make sure your children are getting enough to eat. However, make sure that you aren’t giving your children too many snacks throughout the day. Believe us when we say your children will let you know when they’re hungry. When they sound the alarm, then you can bring out the snacks. An experienced pediatric dentist can give you suggestions for healthy snacks.

Our modern and innovative treatments are all tailored to the carefully considered and assessed individual needs of your child. Read more about what will happen in your child’s first visit to the dentist. We provide modern cutting-edge paediatric dentistry with a quality that ensures optimal results for a long-term effect. The purpose of all our treatments is to provide your child with acute, concise dental care that fulfils their oral health needs with the aim of lifelong oral health. We provide you with the best in caries risk assessment, oral hygiene sessions including tooth brushing school and saliva testing, white restorations, white and silver crowns, endodontics for baby and adult teeth, extractions and space maintainers if needed, paediatric prostheses, sports guards, orthodontics even in primary dentition, speech therapy, trauma clinic. Find additional details www.toothbeary.co.uk.

Let Your Kid Pick His Own Toothbrush: It is customary to change toothbrush at least every three months. This is to make sure that the bristles maintain their scrubbing ability and bacteria don’t accumulate in the brush. You can make this a fun experience by letting your kid choose his own toothbrush. You can opt for movie character themed toothbrush or an electric toothbrush that’s known to be a kiddy favourite. When it comes to choosing toothpastes, make sure that you pick kid-friendly ones that’s not too harsh on the mouth or too minty for the child. Kid-friendly toothpaste often have fruity sweet flavors and are mild to gums.

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