Your child's teeth are going to eventually fall out and will be replaced with adult teeth, but if you aren't taking good care of your child's teeth now, it could affect their adult teeth later. Failing to care for your child's teeth can also result in damage to their teeth. They may be more brittle, have cavities or carries in them, and could potentially be rotting away. To prevent damage to your child's teeth, read on for tips that you can be doing to help.
Provide A Healthy Diet
You should be providing your child with a healthy diet each and every day. You are the parent and should thus be watching what your child is putting into their bodies for food and nourishment. Be sure your child is drinking plenty of milk and getting enough calcium each day to help build strong bones and to strengthen their teeth. Your child should also not be eating candy on a daily basis and loading themselves up with sugary drinks and food. Make sure your child is drinking water and eating healthy foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
Take Your Child To The Dentist
Most insurance companies will cover a cleaning (or maybe two) each year for your child. Be sure you are taking advantage of this and taking your child to a kid's dentist for a routine cleaning and exam of their teeth. This can help to prevent dental issues and damage to their teeth. The dentist will take x-rays of your child's teeth to ensure there aren't any potential problems lying below the surface of the gums, and that there aren't any problems with their adult teeth that will be coming in. Your child should go to the dentist every six months for their cleaning.
Curb Bad Habits
Bad habits could cause issues with your child's teeth. Things such as thumb sucking, nail-biting, chewing on things, and teeth grinding/clenching are all bad habits that can carry into adulthood and could cause a lot of problems with their teeth. Thumb sucking, for instance, can cause an issue with the alignment of their teeth as well as issues with their jaw. Chewing, nail-biting and grinding/clenching can all damage the enamel on your teeth and also lead to jaw problems.
To help prevent damage to your child's teeth there are a number of things you can do. One of the biggest things is to set a good example. Your child is looking to you to guide them, show them how to properly take care of their teeth and your child to the dentist for routine exams and cleanings.