You’ve navigated your way through the terrible two’s and the toddler stage, and now it’s all about helping your child keep that good oral health care routine. By the age of three they should have most, if not all of their primary/baby teeth. Don’t be concerned if they don’t, they could be a late bloomer which is perfectly normal.
Oral Health Routine
Their oral health routine will still need your assistance until around the age of 7 or 8 but it’s a good idea to supervise them once you hand the reigns over to them. Think of yourself as their oral health coach. Teach them the correct ways to brush and floss and set a good example by doing it with them.
Children tend to swallow toothpaste when brushing. Toothpaste designed for children has a lower level of fluoride and therefore is safer if they swallow any. It’s also a great idea to get your children involved in picking their toothbrush and toothpaste to build a little excitement around their oral health routine.
A Balanced Diet
For young children getting the right nutrients is important for growth and development. For their oral health, keeping a balanced diet will help reduce any possible dental issues now and in the future.
Try to limit your child’s eating to meal times. Snacking constantly through the day increases the amount of acid attacks in our mouths. When we break from eating, our saliva is able to flush built up plaque acids leftover from eating. If your child is always eating, the mouth doesn’t get a chance to neutralise these acids and the risk of decay is increased
Encouraging your child to drink water instead of other alternatives will help them maintain good oral health. Sipping water during the day can stimulate saliva production and help your mouth wash away plaque acids and any bacteria leftover from meals. Drinking fluoridated water will also help prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is a mineral that combines with the tooth enamel (outer surface) to strengthen it.
Now kids are sometimes a little rough and tend to go into things at a hundred miles an hour so dental trauma is a real possibility at this stage of life.
Taking measures to avoid trauma is always a great idea. If they are playing contact sports, ensure they have properly fitted mouthguards. Having a custom-made mouthguard from your dentist is recommended. A custom-made mouthguard will not only be more comfortable it will be more effective if there is direct impact with the mouth or jaw.
If your child chips, fractures, or suffers a dental trauma, contact your dentist immediately. If the tooth has been completely knocked out, immerse it in milk and contact your dentist. If you act quick enough your dentist may be able to replace the tooth.
|INTERESTING FACT: A tooth will start to die within 15 minutes of being knocked out! To increase its survival time, immerse it in milk or hold it in your mouth (just don’t swallow it)!
As your kids get older they will start to get visits from the tooth fairy! They’ll start losing their baby teeth around the age of 6 or 7. If your child loses them before or after, don’t panic. Just like growing teeth, losing their teeth is an individual thing and early starters or late bloomers are perfectly normal.
Try to avoid pulling the teeth out with force. Let them naturally fall out to reduce the pain and blood that may be associated. Gently wiggling the tooth until it falls out is the best practice.
Once your child’s permanent teeth start to erupt it’s important to be consistent with their dental appointments. Keeping a regular dental schedule allows your child’s dentist to monitor the growth of their permanent teeth. Identifying dental issues early can make the treatment plan a little easier for your child.
With some structural or positional issues your dentist may recommend a specialist orthodontic evaluation. Early detection can mean an easier treatment process for some children. Treatment tends to occur when the jaw bones are still a little soft meaning the bones are more pliable and corrective procedures can work a little quicker than it would in their teens or in adulthood.
Remember to check whether you’re eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). The CDBS subsidises up to $1000 worth of dental treatment for eligible children aged 2 to 17 over a two calendar year period.
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