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How to Keep Your Child’s Teeth and Gums Healthy

Posted by FLEX DENTAL on Apr 8 2022, 08:20 AM

How to Keep Your Child’s Teeth and Gums Healthy

Healthy teeth are not only important for the overall health of your child but also help them eat and talk as normal. The child sets good dental habits if strong oral care is given during their childhood days. Infection, disease, and other teeth problems arise due to a lack of proper oral care. 

Children suffer from many complications if they are not given good dental care. The following things should be considered to have healthy teeth and gums in children: 

The Role of Fluoride 

Fluoride is known to reduce cavities in baby teeth and is therefore important to your child's dental health. It hardens the tooth enamel, making the teeth stronger. The child should be provided with fluoride supplements if their water doesn't contain fluoride. 

Fluoride varnish treatment is also beneficial to the child. The parents should ensure that the child doesn't swallow fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash. 

  • Make Kids Drink More Water

Water cleans away freshly formed bacteria and is the most important nutrient for them. Dehydration hurts their oral health. Drinking more water produces enough saliva in the body that helps in fighting tooth decay. It also helps by raising the mouth's pH level after eating acidic foods and beverages. 

  • Maintain a Balanced Diet

Children should not be given sugary foods or drinks before the age of one. Also, sugars like honey shouldn't be added to their drink. There is a high risk of cavities in those kids who take more sugary foods. 

After the age of one, they can be given sweets between meals. Rinse properly with water after having anything sugary. Gummy snacks and food often stick to their teeth. Parents should also avoid giving such items. Provide them with more crunchy, raw fruits and vegetables to help them have strong teeth and gums as they grow older. 

  • Brushing and Flossing

When it comes to oral health, it is important to make sure that your child is properly brushing and flossing their teeth. When they reach the age of one, use a soft child-size toothbrush. 

Use fluoride toothpaste once the child is old enough to spit it out. Teach them the method of flossing and provide them with floss that comes with a handle to make it easier.

The professionals at Flex Dental provide ways to keep your child's teeth and gums in a healthy state. Visit us at 310 S Dale Mabry Hwy Suite#120, Tampa FL 33609. Contact us at (813) 999-1092 or visit our website to book an appointment. 

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