Dental Services / Dental Tourism

Children’s Teeth

Oral Health of Children

To help ensure oral health and a lifetime of good oral care habits:

  • Limit children’s sugar intake
  • Make sure children get enough fluoride, either through drinking water or as a treatment at the dentist’s office
  • Teach children how to brush and floss correctly
  • Supervise brushing sessions and help with flossing, which can be a challenge for small hands

Major Obstacles to Children’s Oral Health

BABIES

  • “Baby botte toothdecay
  • -- Wipe gums with gauze or a clean washcloth and water after feeding.

  • When teeth appear, brush daily with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste
  • -- Put child to bed with a bottle of water, not milk or juice

  • Thumb sucking
  • -- Not a concern until about 4 years of age or when permanent teeth appear; after this time, it could cause dental changes

  • White spots on teeth
  • -- As soon as the first tooth appears(at about 6 months), begin cleaning child’s teeth daily and schedule a dental appointment

TODDLERS

  • Fear of the dentist
  • -- Hold the child in the parent’s lap during the oral exam

  • Difficulty creating an oral care routine
  • -- Involve the whole family. Brush together at the same time each day to create a good habit

GRADESCHOOLERS

  • Love of sweets
  • -- Give children healthy snacks options like carrots and other fresh vegetables, plain yogurt and cheese

  • Stains from antibiotics
  • -- Speaks to the pediatrician before any medication is prescribed

TEENAGERS

  • Braces
  • -- Make sure that teens brush well around braces, using a floss threader to remove all food particles

  • Oral accidents from sports
  • -- Encourage children to wear mouthguards during sports



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