Ways to Prevent Oral Health Problems in Children
What Contributes to Poor Dental Health in Preschoolers?
Poor dental health in preschoolers can be caused by a lack of nutrition due to poor diet, poor dental hygienic practices, the inability to obtain dental care due to lack of financial resources or insurance, and existing dental problems being left untreated.
How Often Should Preschoolers Brush Their Teeth?
Because preschoolers’ fine motor skills are not refined, they should have their teeth brushed with a pea-sized drop of fluoride toothpaste by an adult at least once a day. You should consult your child’s pediatric dentist to see what type of toothpaste would be appropriate for him to use.
What is Fluoride and How Much Does My Preschooler Need?
Fluoride can help prevent or reverse the early stages of tooth decay by strengthening the tooth enamel. Too much fluoride can result in a condition known as fluorosis, which can cause the discoloration of permanent teeth. The combination of fluorinated water sources and fluoride enriched toothpaste should be enough for children. If for some reason you feel that your preschooler is not getting the necessary amounts of fluoride, you should talk to his pediatric dentist immediately.
How Can I Prevent Dental Health Problems in my Children?
- Practice proper nutrition.
- Minimize snacking between meals.
- Avoid foods that stick to your kids' teeth.
- Avoid giving children food and drinks that contain excessive acid and sugar.
- Make sure your preschool children brush their teeth daily. Parents should assist them to ensure that it is done properly.
- Your children should visit their pediatric dentist every six to 12 months.
- Obtain prompt treatment of any dental problems that occur.
Practicing preventive dentistry will keep your child's teeth and gums healthy and minimize their chances of having to deal with oral health problems that can lead to extensive dental treatments.