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Celebrate NCDHM by Brushing Up on Children’s Teeth

By pamelali, in News, on February 1, 2012 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which is the perfect time for parents to help kids brush up on good oral hygiene.

Dr Pamela Li, an Ottawa porcelain veneers professional, offers some tips for parents to help get their children on the right track:

 

  • As soon as the child has erupted molars, parents should begin flossing, which is usually around age 2.
  • Get your child used to having his/her mouth cleaned out by wiping the gums with a damp cloth after feeding. Once the first tooth comes in, use a soft bristled brush with water, not toothpaste, and brush behind the tooth and around the gum line.
  • After age 2 introduce toothpaste to the child, but only if it is non-fluoridated toothpaste. You may switch to fluoridated toothpaste when the child is capable of spitting out reliably, typically around age 4.
  • Don’t let small toothaches become big problems. Visit the dentist regularly for teeth cleanings and if the parent finds anything abnormal inside the child’s mouth during regular inspection, they should visit the dentist as soon as possible.

 

“Good oral hygiene starts at home with the eruption of your child’s first tooth,” said orthodontic services provider Dr. Li. “The Canadian Dental Association encourages parents to take their infants to the dentist for an initial assessment within six months of the first tooth coming in or by one year of age.”

By getting the child’s first assessment at one year of age and then visiting the dentist regularly by age two or three, parents can ensure the cleaning they are doing at home is effective and the dentist can identify any problems that need to be addressed.

Once your child’s permanent molars have come in, your dentist will recommend sealing them to protect them from cavities. Sealants are plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth to keep germs and food particles out.

When your child goes for a dental exam, your dentist can see how their teeth are growing and if they will need any orthodontic treatments. All children should be assessed for orthodontic treatment by age seven. Many orthodontic problems may be prevented by early treatment, which encourages growth in the proper direction.

For children interested in participating in athletic sports, Dr. Li recommends parents take their child to their dentist to get fitted for a custom mouth guard to protect them from damaging their teeth, gums and lips.

“People often forget how important a mouth guard is to an athlete,” said Dr. Li. “With today’s technology, guards not only protect the teeth, gums and jaw joints, they can also improve balance, endurance and strength.”

According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, approximately 10 percent of children snore regularly from a condition known as Sleep-Disordered Breathing and 2 to 4 percent of the pediatric population suffers from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (http://www.entnet.org/HealthInformation/Could-Child-Have-Sleep-Apnea.cfm).

The potential consequences of untreated SDB, which is classified as loud snoring caused by enlarged tonsils and adenoids, are social issues, moodiness, inattention during school or at home, and slow growth and development, as they may not be producing enough growth hormone.

“Many cases of SBD are misdiagnosed as ADHD,” said Dr. Li. “Not every child with academic or behavioral issues will have SBD, but if a child snores loudly on a regular basis SBD should be considered.”

A dentist should only be consulted if they are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea, which Dr. Li is.

“Children shouldn’t be afraid of the dentist, so make the trips fun for them by rewarding them with a fun activity after the appointment,” said the smile makeover provider.

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