Each year we have parents that ask what they can do to improve their child’s overall dental health. While “brushing and flossing” may seem like the right answer, there is a lot more involved in maintaining optimal oral health for children. While we always recommend brushing twice daily and flossing once daily at minimum, there are other things you need to be doing to ensure your child has the best dental health possible.
Routine Dental Examinations & Teeth Cleanings
Making sure you schedule routine examinations and cleanings at Town Square Dental in Pasadena can help protect your child’s teeth from discoloration, decay, and cavities. We can also check for any other dental issues that may need to be addressed such as spacing or bite issues.
Sealants are a quick, comfortable and affordable way to give your children’s teeth an extra layer of protection. Most children’s teeth have pits and grooves that can easily trap bacteria, debris, and plaque. When a sealant is applied, it seals these pits and grooves, making it harder for debris to get trapped and allowing for easier cleaning.
Fluoride treatments are another affordable, fast and pain-free way to give extra protection to your child’s teeth. Fluoride can help strengthen enamel, protecting teeth against acid, bacteria, and decay. It has even been shown to reverse early signs of decay in some children.
Diet is a great way you can help improve your children’s teeth. Avoiding sugary, unhealthy foods and replacing them with fresh fruits and vegetables can be a great way to naturally clean teeth and provide them with necessary vitamins and minerals.
Staying hydrated is important for everyone, but did you know that dehydration can also cause dental issues? Without enough saliva, debris and bacteria are harder to wash down, leaving them in the mouth to cause decay, cavities and even bad breath! Make sure your child also washes down any snacks or lunch with some water since brushing won’t be possible.