February 28, 2017
Your family dentist in Coral Gables, Dr. Jose A. Bushdid, is pleased to provide dental care for the whole family — and that includes your little ones. To improve a child’s oral health, choose tap water and schedule regular appointments for your little one!
Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile
Children love sports drinks and sodas, but their beverage of choice can either hurt or help their smiles. Encourage your child to quench their thirst with sugar-free beverages like low-fat, unsweetened soy milk, zero-sugar-added beverages, and especially tap water.
Tap water sources in the US have been treated with fluoride, the mineral that is well-known for its ability to strengthen tooth enamel from attack by the acids and bacteria present in what we eat and drink. By regularly drinking tap water, your child is getting a big boost of protection against tooth decay. Even swishing the mouth out with tap water after consuming a sweet snack or beverage can be beneficial for the smile.
Good Dietary Choices Matter, Too
Of course, it’s not just what your child drinks that affects his or her smile health. Encourage nutritious eating habits to benefit your little one’s teeth and gums. By stocking the pantry with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain snacks, and low-sugar or no-sugar-added treats, you are helping your child enjoy better oral health and wellness for a lifetime to come. Make sure you two also discuss the importance of wise food choices. As your child gets older, he or she will be making more decisions on what to eat outside of the home, and your advice may be a positive impact.
Prevention Is Key
Just like with your own teeth and gums, prevention is a key aspect for the health and wellbeing of your little one’s smile. By working to develop good dental hygiene habits from an early age, you are helping to ensure that your child enjoys a lifetime of healthy smiles. Encourage them to brush for two minutes, twice a day, and to floss daily as soon as two or more teeth are touching. By the time your child can tie his or her own shoes, they’ll be dexterous enough to brush their teeth — but you will still need to monitor their technique to ensure the teeth are getting a full clean, every single time.
In addition to eating and drinking healthily and maintaining good dental hygiene habits at home, your child should visit the dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. During the visit, we’ll clean their teeth and work to catch problems as soon as they develop in order to perform the most conservative treatment possible.
Early Orthodontic Intervention
When you stay on top of your child’s checkups and cleanings, we can monitor the development of their bite to make sure the teeth, jaw, and airway are forming just the way they should. When appropriate, early orthodontic intervention can reduce the treatment time for braces later on, prevent jaw pain related to the TMJ, and reduce the occurrence of mouth breathing and other issues with the airway for better oral health throughout childhood.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
There has never been a better time to schedule a dental appointment for your child than right now. Request a visit with the Coral Gables family dentist today — and while you’re at it, consider booking one for yourself, too!
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