I have always been an avid hockey player, and my love took a bad turn one day when I got struck in the mouth with the puck. It was a painful moment that left me with two teeth knocked out of my mouth. Had I taken the right steps after the accident, I could have possibly saved the teeth, but I did not know I had that option at the time. Thankfully, I worked up the courage to visit a dentist and ask what my options for teeth-replacement were. I was worried I would would have to live the rest of my life without smiling, but I was ecstatic to learn that I was the perfect candidate for dental implants. I created this blog to help others realize that there are so many options to replace missing teeth today that no one has to "just live with" an imperfect smile!
One concern you may have about your kid's oral health is how to prevent them from getting cavities. Even baby teeth have the risk of getting cavities, and having to get a dental filling is an experience you'd rather your child not go through at such a young age. These tips will help prevent your kid from getting cavities in the baby teeth or adult teeth.
Drink More Water
While it is quite obvious that every kid needs to drink water to remain healthy, you may not be aware of the effect it has on oral health and cavity prevention. Water is what motivates the body to produce saliva, and it will help wash off the food on their teeth that can cause cavities. This is thanks to the saliva contributing to the mouth being pH neutral, which makes it harder for the bacteria to grow. Saliva also helps remove plaque that is stuck to the teeth, which may be missed by brushing.
Introduce More Fluoride
Another way to protect your kid's teeth is to give them foods that have fluoride in it. Fluoride is what helps protect the teeth by strengthening the layer of enamel, which bacteria tends to deteriorate over time. By giving a child more foods that contain fluoride, vitamin D, and calcium, their teeth will be able to rebuild that protective enamel layer. While fluoride is in your drinking water, it is also in foods like tomatoes, carrots, and spinach. Not only are they good for the body, but they'll be good for teeth as well.
Get Regular Checkups
You may think that your child doesn't need regular dental checkups, especially if they have their baby teeth. However, checkups are what help prevent cavities from forming. Your dentist will perform a cleaning so that the teeth are completely clean of any plaque and bacteria, as well as check for early signs of cavities. I caught early enough, a cavity can easily be filled with minimal discomfort.
Get Dental Sealants
Once your kid's adult teeth come in, you can have your dentist place dental sealants. They are essentially a thin protective layer that is placed on the rear molars, which is where food tends to get stuck and lead to cavities. It can give you peace of mind that one of the most common places where cavities can occur will have additional protection, saving them from needing a more serious dental procedure done later in life.
For more tips, contact a local pediatric dentistry clinic.Share
21 February 2019