5 Dental Tips for Busy Parents

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From the moment you wake up until the time you go to bed, your mind is full of things that you need to do – your child’s dental care can sometimes fall to the wayside. But maintaining your kid’s teeth will set them up for a lifetime with a pearly white smile. How do you manage their oral health when you can barely keep track of what you ate for breakfast? Being a busy parent is challenging. To help you manage this task, we’ve compiled some tips which will keep your child’s dental visits as painless as possible: 

  1. Consider sealants. Prevent tooth decay by sealing your child’s teeth with a clear plastic protectant. The name comes from this product’s ability to “seal out” food. Sealants are painted over the deeper regions of the teeth, like the molars, where bacteria accumulates. It keeps the nook and crannies of the mouth clean. The application takes just minutes. First, the teeth are cleaned thoroughly – this is done to avoid trapping bacteria within the sealant. After they’re dry, a mild acid solution is used to roughen the teeth and make the bond secure. Finally, the sealant is painted on, at which point a curing light may be used to help it harden. This process will save your child’s molars from developing any deep cavities. 
  1. Visit the dentist every six months. How do you know if cavities are developing, or if you’re brushing your child’s teeth enough, and properly? Dental check-ups for children will save them from traumatic dental work and confidence issues. Neglecting this crucial aspect of your child’s oral health can result in periodontal (gum) disease. By regularly bringing them to the dentist, you will be able to monitor how their teeth are developing. The dentist can catch cavities early, which will prevent your child from enduring extensive tooth repair, like a root canal. 
  1. Offer food that’s tooth-friendly. Provide your child with snacks that are soft and healthy. In general, avoid foods that are too hard or chewy; these can damage the teeth. Cheese, a snack that’s deliciously squishy, has been found to potentially prevent cavities. Other winners are apples, carrots, and celery. Foods with high nutritious value will ensure that your child’s teeth come in strong. You can stock your pantry with snacks that have high amounts of calcium to promote healthy bone development. Everyone knows that milk contains calcium, but for the lactose intolerant, there’s also spinach, broccoli, cabbage, and almonds. 
  1. Read up on whitening and sensitivity toothpaste. Countless products make grand promises about what they can deliver. When it comes to toothpaste, understand what it is they offer so you won’t be disappointed. Whitening pastes, for example, don’t apply a whiter color; they use a mild abrasive that strips stains from the top layer of the teeth. For true whitening, you’ll need a bleaching treatment. Toothpaste for sensitive teeth lacks abrasive ingredients to avoid irritating exposed nerves, but it won’t repair the issues that cause tooth sensitivity. Is the tap water in your area fluoridated? If not, you may want to give your child fluoride toothpaste. Since fluoride can cause an upset stomach if swallowed, try using a small amount for young children. Weigh the pros and cons: the occasional upset tummy, or a mouthful of cavities? Fluoride toothpaste does more good than harm. 
  1. Encourage flossing! Every time you see the dentist, they ask the same thing: have you been flossing? There’s a reason behind this age-old question: flossing is the only way to remove food that’s wedged between the teeth. Teach your child to floss from a young age so that they carry this habit into adulthood. The formula for healthy teeth is simple, but sometimes difficult to maintain: brush twice a day, and floss daily. Losing baby teeth is a natural part of life – but if your child doesn’t take care of their oral health, they will start losing their adult teeth, too. You need to set up this routine early so that your child learns what a healthy mouth is all about. Floss picks are easier to use than thread, so consider purchasing these to help your child get the hang of flossing.

As a busy parent, you have an endless list of responsibilities. The tips above will help your child’s teeth grow strong. They won’t be as afraid of the dentist when they don’t have a mouthful of cavities. Set your child up for a lifetime of successful oral health when you teach them the above tooth care tips.

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