The best advice I can give each mom is start with prevention. To prevent
dental cavities and gingivitis you need great hygiene, minimize the sugar
intake, and drink water with fluoride.
That means, you have to make the brushing and flossing a part of the bed
time routine and morning routine. If you have the help of a day care provider
or nanny, be sure they are on the same page. Tell everyone how important
it is that they assist you with being sure the teeth get brushed. A child
can not do this alone. The afternoon brushing is a great addition. I would
suggest leaving a toothbrush at school or in the lunch bag. Brush at lease
twice daily and floss at least once daily. Use those little flossers with
floss on the handle. I like the CVS brand for kids, even for myself. But
these things don’t work for braces. You need traditional floss for
those with bling ( meaning braces)on their teeth.
Dietary choices can be the most influential factor for preventing cavities
and gum disease. Think of not only the sugar content of the foods and
snacks, but also of how often you are exposing your teeth to the tasty
treats. It’s much better to eat something that isn’t sticky
as well, like chocolate instead of Tootsie rolls. yuck! I don’t
like those things anyway. But if you place a dark chocolate truffle in
front of me or my son, it’s a wrap! Skip sugary drinks. If you must
have a juice, use a straw and drink it all at once.
Recommendation: Brush three times each day. Floss once each day. Get rid
of the sugary foods. Drink fluoridated, filtered tap water instead of
juice and soda.
Have a great day and enjoy your smashing smile!