Be the Dental Health Crusader Your Child Needs
According to researchers from Eastman Dental Institute in London, the correlation between childhood plaque and adult gingivitis is real. Gingivitis is the precursor to periodontitis, a more harmful form of gum disease. Now is the time to lead the crusade against plaque, tartar, and all types of periodontal (gum) disease that seek to damage your child’s teeth and gums.
10 Tips You Can Use to Battle Gingivitis in Surrey, BC
- Start brushing teeth before there are even teeth in the mouth. Use a rubber bristled trainer brush or a washcloth to normalize the brushing process. Begin dental visits about 6 months after the first tooth erupts, usually around 1-year-old.
- Brush your teeth together. Stand in front of a mirror if possible and model brushing teeth properly each and every day. You can also stay on top of dental issues by observing teeth and gums when they go about brushing.
- Floss with your child as soon as two teeth touch. There are thin, colorful flossers that make it easier to reach between crowded teeth. For older children, you could call it a plaque scavenger hunt, where the goal is to search and destroy hidden plaque.
- Make it fun! Let your children choose their toothbrush, whether it lights up, spins, or plays a tune, they are more likely to brush willingly if they have ownership in the process. Choose a favorite two-minute song to use as a timer instead of a blah kitchen timer.
- Try new brushing positions to mix it up. Standing in one spot when you brush gets boring. Try sitting or standing on foot while brushing. Small changes in dental routines make children have to focus to complete the task.
- Avoid minty toothpaste until your child asks for it. There are several fluoridated bubble-gum, berry, and watermelon toothpaste on the market for kids. Finding one they like is a different story.
- The ADA currently advises caregivers to brush with water and to consult with a Dentist or physician before using fluoride toothpaste, for children younger than 2 years. Use of a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste is recommended for children from 2 to 6 years of age. Other recommendations propose the use of a “smear” of fluoride toothpaste (approx. 0.1 g of toothpaste or 0.1 mg of fluoride) for children younger than 2 years and a pea-sized amount (approx. 0.25g or 0.25mg of fluoride) for children from 2 to 6 years of age.
- Choose fruits and veggies over chips, sweets, and other processed junk food. Vitamins and minerals from healthy snacks help keep teeth strong from the inside out.
- Milk and fruit juices are a no, no before bed. Even though they are good for children’s health, they are not so good for the enamel. Both leave behind sugars that end up promoting decay.
- Get to know your dentist. Make sure you and your child feel comfortable during check-ups. Dr. Kolar and his team at Floss Dental add a touch of fun that will have your child asking to visit the dentist.
Book a Consultation with Floss Dental Surrey Today
If your baby recently cut their first tooth, it’s time to visit your trusted Surrey dentist. Give us a call at 778-565-3368 or use our online form to schedule your child’s first appointment. Gingivitis will not disappear on its own. At Floss Dental, we work with families to promote oral hygiene and overall health by combating gingivitis.